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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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Capita cashes in as Treasury Solicitor spends £2.3m on temp lawyers

Ker-ching! That’s the sound inside Capita’s finance department, as the outsourcing giant bills £2.3m to the Treasury Solicitor’s department (TSol) for the first quarter of 2014.  That entire £2.3m has gone on temporary legal staff, with a spokesperson insisting that the merging of government legal departments triggered a demand for temporary staff while TSol recruited […]

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Weightmans promotes first non-lawyer partner after gaining ABS licence

Weightmans has announced the promotion of seven partners, including its first non-lawyer partner, marketing director Sarah-Jane Howitt. Howitt is promoted to the fixed-share partnership alongside six lawyers from across the firm’s offices and practice areas. Weightmans became one of only a handful of top-50 firms to gain an ABS licence late last year (23 December […]

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In-house interview: Deborah Foo, GC, China Yuchai International

China Yuchai GC Deborah Foo engineers smooth investor relations and new ventures for an organisation that stretches across four culturally diverse territories and spans activities from building engines to hospitality Bridging the cultural differences between the company’s Chinese business and its foreign investors is an important aspect of Deborah Foo’s job as general counsel of […]

DLA Piper advises Nam Kwong and subsidiary on acquisition of interest in SFED

DLA Piper has advised Nam Kwong Group Company, a state-owned enterprise, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Nam Kwong Development (HK) on the acquisition of a 90 per cent interest in Sino-French Energy Development Company (SFED) from Sino-French Holdings (Hong Kong) (SFH) for $612m (£364m). SFED is a special-purpose vehicle, 90 per cent of which is held […]

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Clydes to face whistle-blowing claim after Supreme Court holds LLP members are protected

The Supreme Court has ruled that LLP members are protected by whistle-blowing legislation paving the way for the first whistle-blowing case against a law firm. Former Clyde & Co partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof alleged that she was ejected from the firm after blowing the whistle on alleged bribery and corruption by Kibuta Ongwamuhana, the […]

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