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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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DLA Piper advises Catella Real Estate on Munich building acquisition

DLA Piper has advised Catella Real Estate on the acquisition of a residential and commercial building in Munich. Catella acquired the property for its fund Catella MAX as part of an asset deal. This is the 12th property for the Catella MAX special fund, which is focused in Munich. The property is located in Tumblingerstrasse, […]

Collyer Bristow’s Rennie-Smith talks partial priorities and toxic divisionals at FICPI forum

Christopher Rennie-Smith from Collyer Bristow gave a presentation entitled ‘Partial Priorities and Toxic Divisionals’ at the 15th open forum of FICPI (Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle), which was held in Barcelona from 5–8 November 2014. Rennie-Smith described the legislation and case law of the European Patent Convention on multiple and partial priority, with […]

No5 Chambers barristers represent council in ground-breaking child protection case

Birmingham City Council is believed to have become the first local authority to use civil injunctions to protect vulnerable children who may be at risk of sexual exploitation. Lorna Meyer QC, Stefano Nuvoloni and Heather Popley, all members of No5 Chambers, represented the council at various stages in the case, which saw the naming of […]

Continued integration is key for African nations, says Eversheds

Boris Martor, partner and Africa law expert at Eversheds, has commented on news that three African economic blocs will merge into a new 27-nation free-trade zone. Martor said: ‘African nations have been continuously developing economic integration strategies and it is key they continue to develop synergies to sustain foreign direct investment from outside Africa and also […]

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