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EMI Options: Approval granted

By Ben Watson As mentioned in our previous update, the tax reliefs associated with Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) options are technically a form of state aid and therefore require approval from the EU Commission.  Two days before the deadline of 7 April 2018, HMRC announced that the UK had failed to renew its EU state aid […]

Avoid World Cup marketing own goals this summer

By Jo Pritchard The 2018 FIFA World Cup is to shortly kick off in Russia. Amidst the excitement, it is important to remember a few key dos and don’ts for any planned marketing campaigns. With a global audience of more than 3 billion, it will be tempting to capitalise on the football fever with World […]

Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The catastrophic events of the evening of 14 June 2017 which led to the tragic loss of 71 lives at Grenfell Tower has cast a spotlight on the system relating to the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings. In the wake of the disaster, the government announced an independent review of building […]

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Opinion

Recent changes in accounting standards are having an impact on distributable profits The law of unintended consequences is one that has stood the test of time and is now coming to bear on how companies determine the extent to which they can distribute their profits to shareholders. We are in a period of change in […]

Jones Day exits continue as Bingham hires partner

Another big name departure from Jones Day‘s London office means that the firm has haemorrhaged 11 partners in the last year. Corporate finance specialist John Clark will be joining Bingham McCutchen in September as a partner in what will be the firm’s second lateral hire in the space of a week following the capture of […]

Criminal bar pay freeze discriminates against women

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) last week warned that the freeze in public funding for short criminal trials is hitting women hardest. Cases affected by the freeze in fees for cases lasting up to 10 days – a 23 per cent reduction in real terms – include most sexual offences, which historically are mainly prosecuted […]

Another blow for Haarmann Hemmelrath as two star partners quit

One of the founding partners of Haarmann Hemmelrath’s Munich operation has announced he is the leave the firm, just a week after name partner Wilhelm Haarman handed in his resignation. Andreas Oldenbourg will leave the firm on 30 September 2005 along with fellow partner Simon Preisenberger. In a statement sent to The Lawyer Oldenbourg said: […]

Dentons inflicts first infringement defeat on OFT

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today suffered its first ever infringement decision defeat at the hands of Denton Wilde Sapte. The firm won the landmark ruling from the Competition Appeal Tribunal over the sale of interactive betting rights. Dentons advised the Racecourse Association (RCA) and the owners of 34 racecourses in the UK. In […]

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