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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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In brief: Inter Varsity Debate won by Gray's Inn

Gray’s Inn A-team has won the annual European Inter Varsity Debate after successfully opposing the motion that “the European race had got off to a false start”. A judging panel, including Cherie Booth QC, Jeremy Lever QC and Emma Nicholson MP, chose the Gray’s Inn team over opposition from the Inner Temple and UCLA. Sponsored […]

Client power

With law firms competing ever more aggressively for corp- orate business, there are still those within the profession who are surprised to learn that the level of technology in their offices or chambers is perceived as a crucial differentiator. There are certain practices which are advanced enough to use video conferencing or voice recognition software, […]

Pay up and pipe down or you're out

NEW legislation being heralded as the way to evict noisy and nuisance neighbours on council estates quickly may have its biggest impact on those failing to pay their rent. The 1996 Housing Act means new tenants have to sign 12-month probationary, or introductory tenancies. This allows councils to go to court and evict tenants without […]

Legal aid top 20 infuriates Bar

The Bar has reacted angrily to a new set of league tables of the top 20 recipients of legal aid, claiming the figures are “guestimates” which paint a wholly distorted picture of their true income. Four “Top Twenty” lists, detailing the highest amounts received by firms and barristers in the year 1995/96 for crown court […]

In brief: Forced Caesarean case postponement

A case challenging judges’ powers to order forced Caesareans has been adjourned until March. At the Family Division of the High Court last week, Mr Justice Stuart-White said another judge more experienced in judicial reviews should take his place and a hearing has tentatively been set for 14 March. The case has been taken by […]

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