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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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Forward looking firms will welcome flexibility

The Government has been consulting on regulations to implement the EC directive on part-time workers. These will ensure that part-timers have the same pro-rata rights to pay and benefits as full-timers. The aim is to raise the status of part-time emp-loyment and create conditions where more people are willing to vary their hours of work. […]

Over here and over paid

It has been interesting to follow reports on the escalation of solicitors’ salaries which, except for the US dimension, is reminiscent of the mid-1980s when Gouldens determined to pay in excess of all City firms for newly qualifieds. Back then Gouldens decided on a heady £15,000 against a benchmark of around £12,500. What was less […]

Irwin Mitchell launches in-house fund

National firm Irwin Mitchell has launched a fund management unit that it says will become the largest in the country. With the new unit the firm will rival London firm Lawrence Graham as the biggest practice in the country to manage clients’ finances in-house. There are 55 firms in England and Scotland with similar units. […]

Four more firms set to join Ecomlex group

German, Dutch, Italian and Irish law firms are the latest to join a European e-commerce association. Ecomlex is being set up to advise international clients on new economy issues, such as cross-border internet start-ups and initial public offerings. The Lawyer previously revealed that Field Fisher Waterhouse, Swedish practice Advokatfirman Fylgia, and Scottish member firm Harper […]

Property

Coudert Brothers represented MCI WorldCom on a lease for the entire Reading International Business Park, where the company will establish its European headquarters. The site is being constructed by Akeler International. Coudert Brothers managing partner Philip Burroughs acted with a team of two on the deal while Akeler was advised by Berwin Leighton.

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