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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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Wilberforce Chambers is pleased with the ­development of up-and-coming young clerk Reiss Nott, Tulkinghorn has learnt. Just like Rocky and his raw eggs, the clerking team at Wilberforce has a recipe to beef up its sapling trainees. Hot talent deserves hot food, says ­senior clerk Declan ­Redmond. “Before joining us Reiss had never had a […]

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Two US firms have won the lead roles on the $1.2bn sale of German music giant Bertelsmann’s 50 per cent interest in Sony BMG to Sony. Davis Polk & Wardwell advised Bertelsmann with New York partner Christopher Mayer leading the firm’s team on the deal. Sony turned to panel firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & […]

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The Court of Appeal’s recent ruling in Tyco v Rolls-Royce means parties to joint-names or composite insurance would do well to insist that the issue of waiver of subrogation is dealt with when contracts are being drawn up. Litigation arising out of ­construction projects is not, of course, unusual. What is regrettable is the number […]

Cobbetts enters real estate redundancy talks

Cobbetts has entered redundancy consultations with staff in its real estate practice, including partners. The firm is aiming for a single figure headcount reduction, across all levels and practice areas of its Leeds and Manchester real estate departments. Managing partner Michael Shaw said: “As a result of the impact of the downturn in the property […]

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