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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: PI motorbike specialist joins Manchester firm

Personal injury lawyer Philip Shuker has joined five-partner Manchester firm Cottrill Stone Lawless. Shuker (pictured immediate right with new fellow PI partners Ian Lawless – seated – and Philip Mogg – far right) is a specialist in motorbike accident claims. He set up his own practice in 1994 after leaving Furness Evans Oates.

Second chance for 'guilty' lawyer

A former Wilde Sapte partner escaped being struck off last week despite being found guilty of acting dishonestly by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal. Stephen Brower, who now works for London firm Edwin Coe, had transferred £5,000 from a client account at Wilde Sapte to the account holding the estate of his late father. But Brower […]

Casely-Hayford relishes legendary role

Partner Margaret Casely-Hayford at Denton Hall is leading the team advising Bristol developer Legend Court on a #500m technological theme park planned for Magor, near Newport, South Wales. The theme park will be the second largest in Europe, behind Euro Disney, and the largest in the UK. The theme park is to be based on […]

In brief: Southern niche practices seal merger

Two niche practices run by ex-City solicitors have merged. Guildford property firm HD Ferguson & Co, formed by ex-Richards Butler solicitor Hamish Ferguson, has merged with commercial firm Gordons, formed by lawyers from Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie. The new five-partner firm, Gordons, will practise from offices in Holborn and Guildford.

Government to force MDPs on Law Society

The Government will impose multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) on the legal profession if the Law Society refuses to allow them. A senior government source has told The Lawyer that it is preparing to follow up a threat made in opposition three years ago to refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission if the […]

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