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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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What was your first-ever job? Checking the cemetery records at the local synagogue. Dull. The goings-on between the staff were far more entertaining. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? Anywhere but my room.  What’s your favourite restaurant? In my fantasy life – […]

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It’s hard enough being told you might lose your job as an established magic circle associate. But to be told you’re being replaced by trainees and newly qualified lawyers (NQs) is something else. This is what Clifford Chance has intimated by highlighting the context of its 13-lawyer consultation round. The proposed redundancies, it says, are […]

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Supreme Court overturns CoA ruling in Reynolds defence case

The Supreme Court has unanimously endorsed the use of the Reynolds defence, the right to claim a defence of public interest, in media cases. The ruling overturns a Court of Appeal decision handed down by the Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger and Lord Justices Moore-Bick and Moses (13 July 2010). The case concerns a […]

China Watch – A foreign lawyer’s view from the inside

As the leading foreign firms race up the value chain of the legal services market in China, they leave an expanding vacuum in their wake that the local firms have been more than willing (and capable) to fill.  While there is more than enough room in the market for both the foreign and local firms […]

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Ken wants closure

Justice secretary Ken Clarke suspected of caving in to US pressure on closed courts The debate on secret justice ratcheted up a notch last week as lawyers and journalists condemned Government proposals to expand closed hearings. Justice secretary Ken Clarke wants to alter the concept of open justice under perceived US pressure over our leaky […]

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