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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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Muckle in redundancy talks with 20 staff

Newcastle firm Muckle has entered redundancy talks with up to 20 staff, including business support employees and fee-­earners across the commercial and property services groups. The firm blamed the difficult market conditions for the cuts. Muckle has a total headcount of around 150 and the firm recently moved into new offices to accommodate staff and […]

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Star Wars: attack on the clones struck down

Litigation firm SimmonsCooperAndrew has struck down George Lucas’ High Court battle for ownership of the IP rights to the Star Wars stormtrooper helmets. Litigation boutique SimmonsCooperAndrew has struck down film-maker George Lucas’ galactic High Court battle for ownership of the IP rights to the stormtrooper helmets from the Star Wars films. Mr Justice Mann ruled […]

DLA Piper makes London lay-offs

DLA Piper has made five lawyers redundant in its technology, media and commercial group. The lay-offs, which were all in firm’s London office, included three assistant solicitors, a legal director and an associate solicitor. A spokesman for the firm said the firm was examining staffing levels in all its practice groups as it faced the […]

Separated at birth

Radio DJ Simon Bates has gone from strength to strength since leaving BBC Radio in the 1990s. In the guise of Nick Land, he has landed spots on the boards of Vodafone and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as The Lawyer Awards judging panel a couple of years ago, but most recently reached the ­pinnacle […]

Indian Bar Council lifts website ban

The Bar Council of India has lifted restrictions on law firm websites, allowing Indian lawyers to launch their own sites to provide basic information about themselves. The decision comes after local lawyer VB Joshi filed a petition in 2000 ­challenging the council’s rule that bans lawyers from any type of advertising or soliciting for new […]

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