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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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Goodman Derrick has been commissioned to assist in the establishment of IMPRESS: the Independent Monitor for the Press.  Launched in December 2013, the IMPRESS Project is aimed at establishing a press regulator that is independent of both newspaper owners and politicians.  With the support of journalists and free-speech campaigners including Sir Harold Evans, Lisa Appignanesi […]

Still best time in years for UK manufacturing but sterling needs watching, says Eversheds

Robin Johnson, head of diversified industrials at Eversheds, has commented on the recent conflicting UK manufacturing output figures. He said: ‘There will be inevitable monthly swings in the numbers as orders come in, but the overriding indications are positive about UK manufacturing outperforming the eurozone.’ He added: ‘While these numbers only focus on domestic sales, […]

Eversheds advises Maplin on its sale to Rutland Partners

Eversheds has advised Maplin and its management team in relation to its sale to Rutland Partners for £85m. Maplin is the UK’s biggest specialist consumer electronics retailer, with high-street and out-of-town stores, a mail-order catalogue and an online presence. The Eversheds team was led by partner Alasdair Outhwaite, assisted by associate Elizabeth Tindall and trainee […]

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Northern Ireland: The low tax dream

Northern Ireland’s economy has picked up and work levels with it. Lawyers can almost taste the possibilities from much lower corporation tax In the years immediately preceding the financial crash the Northern Ireland economy routinely tracked above that of the UK as a whole, Scotland and its southern neighbour Eire. But the past few years […]

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Ashurst turnover climbs to £586m, PEP up 22% after Australia merger

Ashurst has announced turnover of £586m in the first combined results since the UK firm fully merged with its Australian arm, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) hitting £801,000. The results for the 2013/14 financial year are the first to integrate the two firms’ figures, after partners voted in favour of a full financial […]

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