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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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Our new industry leaders’ viewpoint page (p10 in this issue) is going down a storm among readers, not least because our participants refuse to sit on the fence. First, we had Sir Nigel Knowles saying he thought fracking was a good idea, but that the Foreign Office’s idea to introduce new contract sanctions was dangerous. […]

Focusing on Europe’s special situations

Every week in The Lawyer we focus our attention on a different jurisdiction – often European – in our regular special reports. Very often the timing of these coincides with a major political or economic event within the country under focus, or with moves within the legal market. That was precisely the case with this […]

Strong manufacturing outlook is driving expenditure and M&A activity, says Eversheds

Robin Johnson, head of diversified industrials at Eversheds, has commented on the CBI Industrial Trends figures for May. Johnson said: ‘Reflecting the strong outlook for the sector identified by the CBI, the feedback from our clients on the health of UK manufacturing is one of renewed optimism. ‘There is an increase in capital expenditure on […]

Plastic bag levy may help focus consumers’ minds on recycling, says Eversheds

Michael Grimes, head of waste at law firm Eversheds, has commented on the new plastic bag levy set to be announced in the Queen’s Speech. According to Grimes, recent figures from the government show that, despite all the efforts of councils and businesses, the annual recycling rate in England has remained level at just under 40 per cent […]

Arendt & Medernach wins Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year accolade at Chambers Awards

Arendt & Medernach has been named Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014 ceremony, which took place in London on 24 April 2014. The evening saw 24 individual country awards, including a new country award for Luxembourg. Arendt & Medernach is the first law firm in Luxembourg awarded for its excellence […]

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