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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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Employment lawyers are shifting their focus to non-contentious areas as the coalition promotes conciliation On 6 April the latest in a raft of recent employment reforms was introduced, compelling prospective claimants to contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) before lodging proceedings at the employment tribunal. A month into the regime, which was made […]

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US firm Katten Muchin creates London asset management group with double hire

Chicago-based law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman has created a dedicated City-based asset management group with the hire of two new partners. The firm has also promoted former Sidley Austin funds partner Barry Breen to head of London financial services. Breen, who joined Katten’s London base from Sidley Austin last year, has hired former Sidley colleague […]

Construction dispute costs show importance of effective dispute management, says Eversheds

Eversheds construction expert Michael Conroy Harris has commented on news that dispute costs in the construction industry have risen, saying that it is important to deal ‘effectively and innovatively’ with disputes. Conroy Harris noted that Eversheds’ recent report, Companies in Conflict: How commercial disputes are won, showed a general upward trend in major business disputes […]

If ECJ considers obesity a disability, effect for employers could be ‘profound’, says Eversheds

Audrey Williams, partner and head of discrimination at Eversheds, has commented on the European court considering for the first time where obesity sits in legal terms and whether it should be considered a disability in the case of Karsten Kaltoft v Billund Kommune.  The outcome could prove significant for employers, triggering potential obligations to make reasonable adjustments […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright re-jigs US management team with litigation head Addison promoted

Norton Rose Fulbright has formally elected Linda Addison as its new US managing partner, replacing Kenneth Stewart who took a leave of absence in December 2013 for medical reasons. Addison, who formerly held the post of Norton Rose Fulbright’s global head of dispute resolution and litigation, has been serving as the interim managing partner since […]

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