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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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Lawrence Graham drops PI practice

Lawrence Graham is turning its back on two partners and around £1m worth of fees in the closure of its defendant personal injury practice. Partners Elizabeth Carr and Stephen Phillips will take their biggest client Norwich Union and move to Morgan Cole‘s Croydon office. They will take a team of four assistants and two secretaries […]

Brief Encounter: Ozannes

Who would have thought that a Channel Island firm would have cropped up quite so often in The Lawyer IPO 2000 Survey? But Guernsey firm Ozannes did, making an appearance in the top 10 (albeit at number nine) of the league table charting which firms acted on the largest number of UK IPOs between January […]

2 Harcourt Buildings sets up mediation joint venture

Commercial law chambers 2 Harcourt Buildings is launching a contracted mediation scheme on 3 October, aimed at cutting the cost of resolving disputes within the construction industry. It is a joint venture involving a company called ResoLex, set up by the chambers of Roger Henderson QC and project management consultancy Symonds. Leading insurance company Aon, […]

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Law Society president Michael Napier has declared the House of Lords’ decision to throw out the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No 2) Bill as a “great victory for human rights”. Had the bill gone through, it would have scrapped the right to trial by jury for “either-or” offences.

DESPA

A high level of direct investment and forward-funding activity from this German investment fund, particularly over the last 18 months, have made it one of Simmons’ most significant property clients. Better still, Simmons is the only English firm Despa uses. The relationship goes back to Despa’s first investment in the UK six years ago and […]

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