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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 […]

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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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Charles Russell has strengthened its private client practice with a new partner and made two promotions in real estate and corporate and commercial. While many firms have moved away from private client as a practice area, choosing to emphasise other areas such as banking and corporate, Charles Russell has adopted a different stance. Andrew Cameron […]

Minority legal bodies take Govt to court

•The Society of Asian Lawyers and the Black Solicitors Network have commenced judicial review proceedings to challenge the Government’s proposed changes to the funding of legal services for crime. They claim that the Carter reforms will adversely affect ethnic minority lawyers, as the smaller law firms they tend to work for will be less likely […]

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Private equity has been one of the hottest areas of corporate law for some time, but at the moment the market is positively sizzling. Every firm and its dog has been vying to get in on US private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’ (KKR) takeover of pharmaceuticals giant Alliance Boots. Although the private equity behemoth […]

TwoBirds wins ECJ approval for Celltech over EU’s trademark office

Bird & Bird has won a crucial trademark battle in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for biotech client Celltech, ending a seven-year battle for the company. The ECJ ruled for Celltech against the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), the centralised trademark office in the EU. Seven years ago Celltech applied to […]

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