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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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On 22 June, 1400 people will crowd into the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane for the most eagerly-awaited event of the year. With only one week to go, The Lawyer brings you a sneak preview of the shortlisted individuals and teams Carey Olsen Few could doubt the significance of Carey Olsen’s victory for Grupo […]

A&O reinstates book debt ruling in NatWest victory

Allen & Overy (A&O) has won a landmark Court of Appeal case for National Westminster Bank (NatWest), finally overturning a 2001 Privy Council ruling in the Brumark Investments case which restricted banks’ access to the book debts of insolvent companies. On 26 May the court unanimously overturned a decision made by Vice-Chancellor Sir Andrew Morritt […]

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My, my. The timing couldn’t have been better. A week after Barry O’Brien’s team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was thrown off the M&S bid, Law Society president Peter Williamson was giving delegates at The St Paul risk management conference an insight into the way the new conflicts rules were shaping up. And it looks like […]

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The Bar Council’s Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee has overturned its own decision to rule against one of its members, six months after the Legal Services Ombudsman ordered it to reconsider the matter. In a 9 June report, the committee adjudication panel found that barrister Galina Ward, then of 29 Bedford Row, had provided an […]

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