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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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Litigation Writs 06/02/96

Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council and Severn Trent Water are heading for a £850,000-plus High Court confrontation over the cost of road repairs. The council, responsible for making good roads after work is carried out by Severn Trent and which reclaims the cost of repairs, accuses the water authority of failing to pay for work it […]

Keeping faith in the system

Last December, the legal establishment in Hong Kong was shaken by accusations from the colony’s Bar Association that the standard of prosecution had deteriorated over the past year. The deterioration was blamed on the Attorney General, Jeremy Matthews, putting cost-cutting before the administration of justice. The association was referring to what it considers to be […]

Psst, want to know a secret?

PERHAPS not even the Truth Phone would have helped the Serious Fraud Office in its attempts to prosecute (alleged) fraudsters. A combined telephone, “Covert Electronic Lie Detector”, and micro-cassette recorder, the Truth Phone is described as “the world’s first telephone that can discern between truth and deception”, and is “perfect for all your important conversations”. […]

Scots ombudsman to get new powers

SCOTTISH solicitors and advocates face compensation claims of up to £1,000 under a proposed extension to Scottish Legal Service Ombudsman powers. Announced by the Scottish Office last week, the move will bring the Scottish ombudsman’s powers more into line with those of his English counterpart, Michael Barnes. The proposed changes allow the Scottish ombudsman to […]

Stockbroking merger plans for wedding in March

Linklaters & Paines and Slaughter and May advised on both sides of the latest City stockbroking merger which created a leading new investment management house with around £3 billion funds under management. The new firm, Quilter & Co, is expected to come into effect in March at the earliest, and will be dedicated to serving […]

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