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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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Freshfields set for pensions revolution

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set to curtail significantly its treasured partners’ pension scheme. It is understood that proposals aimed at reducing the cost of the pension scheme will be put to the partnership council for approval this week. The move follows a controversial review that was kicked off by outgoing senior partner Anthony Salz earlier […]

CC and the goblet of dire

Firms are always finding new ways to encourage their lawyers to “live the values.” But Clifford Chance has taken it to a new level. The ever-competitive magic circle firm decided to hold a contest to find the people who are most living the firm’s values of ‘ambition’, ‘commitment’, ‘quality’ and ‘community’. And how did Clifford […]

Morton in landslide win for top job at Freshfields

Guy Morton has been elected senior partner at Freshfields after knocking out his two London opponents in the first round. Morton, head of the financial services regulatory practice, beat Philip Richards and Graham Nicholson to the job, meaning that he secured an outright majority in the first round of voting. He will take over the […]

Holman Fenwick launches Australia office with shipping hires

Holman Fenwick & Willan is opening an office in Melbourne, Australia with raids on the transport groups of Middletons and Blake Dawson Waldron. Middletons partners Robert Springall, Gavin Vallely and David Roylance, together with Blake Dawson partner Chris Quennell, will join Holman Fenwick in March 2006. The four are all maritime specialists with experience in […]

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