The view from the US of the fundamental reform in European patent law

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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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Shoosmiths has been shortlisted for Best Regulatory Law Firm at the 2015 Women in Compliance Awards. The awards criteria stipulate that entrants must demonstrate that their compliance team is either led by a woman or has a diverse make-up with female team members being integral to its function and success. Manchester-based senior associate Andrea James, Nottingham-based […]

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DLA Piper has advised the Hahn Group, an asset and investment manager with a focus on retail properties, on the sale of the Erding shopping centre to the KGAL Group. KGAL acquired the property for an institutional real estate fund. Erding was opened in 2008 and offers a broad range of services and products over a total […]

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Clifford Chance’s top of equity pay lags behind its peers yet partners have so far resisted change. They may not for much longer. Last month Clifford Chance (CC) confirmed that it was beginning a comprehensive review of its global lockstep remuneration system. It’s a timely move coming as it does amidst a continuing series of […]

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