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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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Human rights campaigners: terrorist ruling amounts to a ‘perversion of justice’

The ruling in which 10 terrorist suspects interned under the Government’s emergency powers lost their appeals last week amounted to “a perversion of justice”, according to human rights campaigners. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) dismissed the appeal of the men, who for the most part had been held in high-security prisons or mental hospitals […]

Cobbetts merges with Fox Brooks Marshall

Acqusitive Northern firm Cobbetts has taken over niche Manchester firm Fox Brooks Marshall and hired a further two partners from national firms. Cobbetts has merged with mining firm Fox Brooks, although only one of its 10 partners, managing partner Andrew Wright, is joining the firm’s equity. Two of the remainder are joining as fixed-share partners, […]

Flexible trend

The Government’s ‘softly softly’ approach to introducing flexible working rights for employees seems to be a success. In the run-up to April 2003, the Government caused considerable concern and alarm among some areas of the business community by introducing a statutory right for certain employees to request flexible working. When this right was brought to […]

California screaming

Clifford Chance’s California business saved New York’s blushes this year, all thanks to former Brobeck partners Jim Burns and Michael Torpey. Is it time for Tower Snow to step aside? By Dearbail Jordan Wouldn’t life be wonderful if law firms adopted the Ronseal slogan and did ‘exactly what it says on the tin’? If Clifford Chance was […]

Clifford Chance ramps up Padua with Carnelutti haul

Clifford Chance is sending out a clear signal of its commitment to Italy post-Grimaldi by hiring the partner in charge of Carnelutti’s Padua office and four other lawyers. Corporate partner Oliviero Pessi brings clients including insurance giant Assicurazioni Generali and major exhibition centre Padova Fiere to Clifford Chance. The haul of four other lawyers includes […]

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