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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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Leigh talks Italian

Theodore Goddard competition group head Guy Leigh will address a meeting of the British Italian Law Association at the firm’s Aldersgate Street offices at 6.30pm on 19 September. Leigh, who advised an interested party in the Magill case, will discuss its implications for copyright owners. The cocktail reception afterwards will be attended by a visiting […]

Partners in Maxwell trial

TITMUSS Sainer & Webb corporate lawyers were misled by Robert and Kevin Maxwell over the debt owed between the Maxwell-related public and private businesses, a jury heard. Partners David Fairfield and David Vogel and managing partner Dick Russell also discovered Robert and Kevin had reneged on a transaction to repay a $40 million debt to […]

Christopher Wilson on the enforcement of legal aid orders

“Plaintiffs’ costs, not to be enforced without leave; legal aid taxation.” This is the standard form of order against a legally-aided litigant but its effect is rarely considered. In Parr v Smith 26 January 1994, the Court of Appeal examined the statutory basis for this order and found two limitations. The first of these is […]

Luxembourg paves way for £20m suit against Government

PUBLIC sector contractors are one step closer to launching a £20 million legal action against the UK Government after a decision in Luxembourg ruled that wrongful implementation of EU directives was actionable. The Advocate General, handing down his opinion on a case over Spanish trawlermen suing the UK Government for the wrongful implementation of EU […]

Debate first, ballot later

Neil Addison argues the Bar Council should have gone straight to a ballot of the membership on the complaints issue. That would not have been the right thing to do because issues need airing in an open meeting before people should be asked to vote. In addition a section of the Bar wanted an extraordinary […]

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