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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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Cash alone does not tempt associates

Last year we launched our inaugural City associate attitudes survey. The findings surprised anyone who assumed that junior and mid-level lawyers were obsessed with money; the firms they consistently ranked top were not the stony Wall Street practices but genial internationalists like Baker & McKenzie. A year on, austerity has, perhaps, made respondents more outspoken. […]

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Balfour Beatty GC: Outside track

Taking a radical approach to outsourcing helped Chris Vaughan, GC at infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty, build a legal function fit for a complicated world When Balfour Beatty general counsel Chris Vaughan arrived at the company five years ago, inheriting a diverse group of external firms totalling around 200 globally, he did the usual things. There […]

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Irwin Mitchell closes in on £200m turnover

Irwin Mitchell’s legal practice is closing in on the £200m revenue mark, with the firm’s commercial business generating revenues of £40m over the last financial year. The firm has restructured in recent years to reflect the fact it has ABS licences that cover legal and non-legal businesses (20 August 2012). At the 2011/12 year end […]

Regulation on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories

Following some uncertainty in early February 2013 in respect of whether the European Parliament would object to certain EMIR regulatory technical standards, it finally accepted the six draft standards and they entered into force on 15 March 2013. The six RTS relate to: (i) Trade repositories (including the minimum details of the data to be […]

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