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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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Stephenson Harwood scuppers Dame Shirley plot

A Stephenson Harwood team acting for Westminster Council has emerged victorious in its battle to uncover millions of pounds of assets ‘belonging’ to Dame Shirley Porter, the council’s former leader, who was fined £37m last year for gerrymandering in the 1980s. Porter fled to Israel after being found guilty of gerrymandering in the ‘homes for […]

Addleshaw Goddard IP partner jumps ship

Addleshaw Goddard has lost its second intellectual property (IP) partner in three months.Simon Clark is joining Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) with a group of three associates to create a new IP group for the firm. His departure follows that of head of non-contentious IP Lesley Hall, who announced she was joining Farrer & Co in […]

Boodle employment chief joins Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has shored up its employment team by poaching Boodle Hatfield’s head of employment Warren Wayne. The recruitment of Wayne is the latest sign that the technology-focused firm is continuing to recruit, despite the loss of a number of partners in recent months. The firm has been undergoing an analysis of partner performance over the past year, […]

Bryan Cave searches for UK merger partner

After electing a new chairman, US firm Bryan Cave has set its sights on securing a UK merger partner.Bryan Cave, a national firm, is seeking a full-service City practice with European offices. The firm has elected St Louis-based partner and vice-chairman Don Lents to succeed Walter Metcalfe as chairman. Lents has a year-long transition period […]

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Probate solicitors receive billing boost

Appeal judges recently ruled that probate solicitors could bill according to the value of the estate they are administering, as opposed to their hourly rate. The case, Jemma Trust co v. Liptrott & Others, concerned Bolton law firm Kippax Beaumont Lewis, which was involved in the administration of a £10m estate. The firm had charged […]

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