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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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BCCI costs hearing: Stadlen attacks ‘disgraceful’ Deloittes, Lovells

Fountain Court Chambers’ Nicholas Stadlen QC, appearing for the Bank of England, has slammed Lovells for failing to turn up for the BCCI costs hearing which began on Monday (30 January). Stadlen yesterday derided the liquidator’s legal team and the collapsed bank’s liquidators, Deloittes, who also did not atttend the expected four-day hearing before Mr […]

BPP set to offer BVC in Leeds

BPP Law School is set to become the only national provider of the BVC after announcing plans to offer the course in Leeds. The Bar Council validated BPP to run the BVC out of its one-year-old Leeds branch from September 2006. BPP will offer 48 full-time and 48 part-time BVC courses in Leeds. Manchester Metropolitan […]

Lawyer: Chinese govt tried to kill me

China’s most prominent human rights (HR) lawyer is claiming that the Chinese authorities tried to kill him after they had closed his law firm. The matter raises questions about how liberal China’s legal market really is. Gao Zhisheng, who has a similar reputation in China to UK lawyers such as Shami Chakrabarti or Clive Stafford […]

Cripps appoints new senior partner

Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall has elected Michael Stevens as new senior partner. Real estate partner Stevens takes over in May from Andrew Fermor, who has been in the post for the last eight years. Fermor will return to full-time fee-earning once Stevens begins his five-year tenure. Stevens told The Lawyer: “I see my role as that […]

Lichfield’s warm welcome

A little-known fact kindly provided by Lichfield firm Keelys Solicitors. “The last person to be burnt at the stake was in Lichfield. Edward Wightman from Burton upon Trent was burnt at the stake in the Market Place on 11 April 1612.” Now that’s one way to sell your firm.

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