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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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Legal and General faces court

Estate agents Connell Residential and associate company, Connell Financial Services, are to take Legal and General Assurance to the High Court in a battle over insurance commission. The companies accuse Legal and General of stopping payment of commission on around 10,000 policies sold around 1996. They allege Legal and General has refused, in breach of […]

Lawyers must keep independence

Shadow Attorney General Edward Garnier QC argues that Lord Irvine’s plans for a Criminal Defence Service threaten the constitutional role of the judiciary. On 5 July, the Lord Chancellor made a speech to the Third Worldwide Common Law Judiciary Conference in Edinburgh. He concentrated his remarks on what he called the “cornerstone issues” of judicial […]

Former NUJ legal officer takes union to tribunal

The former legal officer for the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is taking the union to an employment tribunal after it moved its out-of-house legal work from Stephens Innocent to Thompsons. Sally Gilbert, now a senior solicitor in Stephens Innocent’s employment department, is claiming unfair dismissal and breach of contract, saying her role was greatly […]

Taking shares as fees could pay dividends

In the week in which Dixons’ Freeserve became the first big new media flotation in the UK, having a stake in an IT company appeared to offer the promise of huge profits to come. Whether those who are surfing the stockmarket as well as the web will see those profits in the short term, of […]

The Firm

Speech given by Jack Pratchard at a recent partners meeting. …You know me. I’m the rainmaker – I don’t often dip my toe into Lake Law. But when Toby Tucker, chief executive of Tucker’s Quarrying Limited, demands our top man to help set up Tucker’s Kingdom of Slate – the largest slate wholesaler in Dorset […]

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