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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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Religion's role in child welfare case

A recent case has, for the first time, forced the courts to consider whether religion should be a decisive factor when placing children with foster parents and how far the wishes of the natural parents should be taken into consideration in respect of their children’s religious up-bringing. An eight-year-old girl, known as “N” and who […]

Plowden Buildings sets up in Tyneside

The 50-tenant, London-based common law set Plowden Buildings is expanding its regional coverage by establishing a Newcastle base and taking on five new barristers. The new annexe, which will house the new tenants and offer conferencing facilities, is intended to enhance Plowden Buildings’ reputation on the north eastern circuit. Head of chambers William Lowe QC […]

Council challenges short stays

Devlin Judgment is now pending in the House of Lords in the case of R v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, a test battle over alleged breaches of planning consent in relation to occupancy regulations in respect of two leasehold flats in Chelsea. The council served breach of condition notices on Lawrie Plantation Services […]

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As a solicitor who also has experience of legal practice management (including some marketing) I read the comments made by David MacKenzie, director of sales and marketing at Michael Page ( The Lawyer 17 May, page 14) with disbelief. Has he heard of the Sex Discrimination Act? I recently met a male manager with less […]

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