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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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Five Real Madrid coaches are set to visit Guernsey to tutor more than 300 children from around the Channel Islands as part of a summer football clinic sponsored by Carey Olsen. The initiative was first brought to the island by Romanillos & Cook Image Rights and has been made possible by the involvement of the Guernsey Football […]

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A&O has posted record results, but does it matter that the uptick can’t match that at rival Clifford Chance? Earlier this week Allen & Overy (A&O) followed Clifford Chance in reporting its 2013/14 financials, becoming the second of the UK’s four magic circle firms to do so this season. Total turnover at A&O rose by […]

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