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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 champagne was flowing last Tuesday (22 January). Not only at The Lawyer’s Hot 100 party at the Royal Exchange, but at scores of chambers across England and Wales – the silks list had finally been announced. Essex Court Chambers quaffed the fizz in celebration of four of their junior barristers receiving the accolade of […]

Bevan Brittan moves to reverse exodus

Bevan Brittan chief executive Stuart Whitfield has moved to defend the firm’s strategy following an exodus of partners and associates. Beachcroft is the latest to raid Bevan Brittan with a move for a Bristol-based litigation team led by partner Ben Daniels. Since May 2007 at least nine partners have quit the Bristol-headquartered firm, with more […]

Stephensons woos CC competition star

Stephenson Harwood has boosted its corporate practice with the hire of competition partner Julianne O’Leary. She joins from Clifford Chance, where she was a senior associate. O’Leary has advised a number of blue-chip clients, including Barclays, Accenture and General Electric. In 2006 she was seconded to Shell International in London, where she was antitrust counsel […]

Separated at birth

Tulkinghorn is this week swapping his quill for a bow and arrow. Of course Tulkinghorn has no violent intentions. On the contrary, he is playing Cupid. In last week’s issue Pilsbury chairman Jim Rishwain was urged to abstain from the petulant tendencies of his doppelgänger Larry David. This week Tulkinghorn has found the perfect companion. […]

Reynolds cleans up in tissue brand sale

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) advised Swedish paper products giant SCA, which has annual sales of more than £7.4bn, on the sale of its Softis tissue brand to Italian tissue company Sofidel. Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) advised Swedish paper products giant SCA, which has annual sales of more than £7.4bn, on the sale of its Softis […]

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