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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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Case of the week

The murder trial of GP Harold Shipman, currently being tried at Preston Crown Court, is horrifying the nation. Shipman is accused of murdering 15 women patients for pleasure. Warwick firm Moore & Tibbits partner Angela Woodruff, whose mother was allegedly a victim of Shipman, uncovered the case after noticing mistakes in her mother’s will. Leading […]

Financings

MacFarlanes advised on setting up film finance house MM Media Capital Partners. It has been financed by a bank syndicate made up of National Westminster Bank

Berwin Leighton team quits

Berwin Leighton’s financial institutions team – including partner Michael Wilson – is defecting to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, the leading firm in professional negligence. Wilson is leaving after 22 years. He set up the team which handles insurance claims on behalf of financial institutions and banks. Lyn Hassett, who took over as head of the […]

Jilted brides finally find their match

The legal world awoke last Tuesday to news of the merger of Wilde Sapte and Denton Hall. It was surprised, but perhaps not shocked. As Laurence Harris, assistant chief executive of DJ Freeman, says: “This particular merger has been kept well secret, but the idea of a merger of these firms seems somehow predictable.” Wilde […]

Case for a national defence fund

Recently the Law Society announced they would be starting their defence fund scheme in November. This was encouraging news, but it raises a question about the Law Society’s role in serving and protecting the interests of its members. Clearly the leaders of the profession in Surrey and the South East believe there is a genuine […]

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