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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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As the top law firms come out in force for Pro Bono Week, Jon Robins asks: will the Government’s support of free advice undermine legal aid firms’ efforts to gain funding? Solicitors in Newcastle helping to establish a legal aid programme in Kenya’s Rift Valley, a free legal service for the victims of the Nazi […]

A&O Hong Kong founder quits for Jardine Matheson inhouse job

Allen & Overy partner Jonathan Gould is leaving the firm to take up the role of general counsel to the Jardine Matheson Group, based in Hong Kong.The Asian-based conglomerate comprises Jardine Pacific, Jardine Motors Group, Hongkong Land, Dairy Farm, Mandarin Oriental, Cycle & Carriage and Jardine Lloyd Thompson. A senior corporate partner, Gould will have […]

Linklaters beats rivals to Orange’s German sale

Linklaters has elbowed aside Slaughter and May and Shearman & Sterling to advise Orange on the disposal of its German mobile company to Carphone Warehouse. Linklaters’ close relationship with Vodafone has, until now, always disrupted its relations with other mobile operators. Partner Matthew Middleditch has overcome that, leading the team advising on the E65m (£46.6m) […]

Microsoft raids IBM for IP chief

Microsoft has poached the intellectual property (IP) chief of rival technology giant IBM.Marshall Phelps leaves his post as vice president for IP and licensing at IBM to manage Microsoft’s entire IP portfolio from its West Coast headquarters.“Intellectual property is becoming even more important to the technology industry and to Microsoft’s continued innovation,” said Brad Smith, […]

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Please, Santa, when I go to work I’d like the following: yoga lessons, shopping discounts, mortgage assistance, sport and theatre tickets, a signing bonus, a concierge service, gym membership, a laptop, home insurance and reimbursement for househunting expenses. I’d also like to earn more than my parents ever dreamed of and then post endless messages […]

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