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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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Human rights come first

The IBA is a little like the United Nations,” says one insider. “It’s got to have a Third World representative from time to time and, if the right candidate comes up, then he will be chosen.” This is an interpretation that Desmond Fernando, the Sri Lankan lawyer who replaces Professor Ross Harper as IBA president […]

Property

Linklaters & Paines advised Lloyds/TSB Bank on the UK’s biggest commercial property auction of 108 local branch offices which raised over £40m for the merged bank.

Relate scheme aims for co-operation

Family lawyers have welcomed a new training scheme to help them advise clients seeking divorce on counselling and mediation options. The scheme, launched last week by the National Solicitors’ Network and the marriage guidance service Relate, aims to equip solicitors with an understanding of the ‘conciliatory’ spirit of the new divorce reforms. Under the Relate […]

Gearing up for 2000

City firm Rowe & Maw has published a guide to dealing with the year 2000, when many computer systems will be unable to deal with the date changeover. Partner Michael Webster recommends everyone should start damage-limitation procedures now to avoid costly litigation and to salvage existing systems. The Millennium Timebomb, which covers contracts, duty of […]

Flotations

Travers Smith Braitwaite advised Select Industries on its reverse takeover by industrial corporate development group Gartland Whalley and Barker and its subsequent £2m placing on the AIM. Garrett & Co advised Gartland Whalley and Barker.

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