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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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Labour MP slams hush- up on Scott inquiry bills

JOHN Major has refused to identify the law firms which have shared more than £250,000 of advice work for ministers and civil servants in connection with the arms to Iraq Scott inquiry. He said in answer to a Parliamentary question that the names of the lawyers and their clients were “confidential”. City firm Allen & […]

Cautious Law Soc agrees to talks on Green Paper block contracts

DELEGATES at the Law Society’s Legal Aid conference have rejected wholesale opposition to Lord Mackay’s reform plans and voted instead to negotiate over block contracts. A resolution passed by the conference said the meeting “wholly distrusts the basis on which the Green Paper is written” but was prepared to negotiate “over time and with proper […]

Audience fight looms for Law Soc

THE LAW Society has threatened to take legal action against the Lord Chancellor if he denies rights of audience to employed solicitors. The threat follows the submission of conflicting advice to Lord Mackay by his advisory committee on legal education and conduct (Aclec). A minority of Aclec members approves extended rights of audience and accuses […]

Profession scoops birthday honours

A ROLLCALL of lawyers features in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. They include the long-serving editor of The Law Reports, Carol Ellis QC, who was awarded a CBE after 43 years of law reporting, and the former secretary of the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Committee, Allen Davies, who was awarded an OBE. The solicitor […]

Australian detention law triggers outrage

A TOP Australian prosecutor has slammed a decision by the New South Wales government to introduce legislation aimed at detaining a man beyond the expiration of his prison sentence. The law, brought in late last year through the Community Protection Act, was inspired by the case of Gregory Kable, a prisoner convicted of the manslaughter […]

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