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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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THE unelected former Solicitor General Charles Falconer QC has risen to become head of the Millennium Dome, amid accusations of ‘cronyism’. The downside is Falconer has to wear a hard hat and conduct site inspections. The upside is the Prime Minister’s former schoolmate and flatmate is now considered one of the most important people in […]

Banking chief takes the helm as Simmons head bows out

Simmons & Simmons has elected David Dickinson as its managing partner. He will succeed the present incumbent Alan Morris in April this year. Dickinson joined Simmons in 1988 and has been managing partner of the firm’s banking and capital markets department since his 1994 appointment. Morris refused to stand for re-election at the end of […]

Law Society goes it alone on standard fee research

The Government’s refusal to conduct “essential” research into standard fees for family law cases has forced the Law Society to hunt out its own data. The Law Society is fiercely critical of the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s decision to introduce standard fees for all family law related cases in January 2000 without conducting new research. […]

Ruling frees councils' hands for tendering

Local authorities are now free to judge tenders for council contracts on their merits, rather than being tied to one supplier. The change comes as a result of a recent High Court ruling, in which London Transport took Hillingdon Council to judicial review, claiming its existing bus shelters must stay in place forever under the […]

In brief: Steve Orchard

Steve Orchard, the Legal Aid Board’s chief executive, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to legal aid. He has worked in the legal profession for more than 37 years and at the LAB for 10 years. He says: “I’m obviously delighted for myself and my colleagues who have […]

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