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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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Poland’s largest independent firm Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka (DZP) has overhauled its management structure and promoted seven partners as part of a new succession plan. DZP has created an elected management committee of four partners, giving more people a say in the business and to manage the shift in leadership from the founding partners to the […]

Media lobbies Govt to introduce libel cap

Twenty two media groups have joined forces to lobby the Government for a cap on the exponential costs in libel cases. The body, including organisations such as Associated Newspapers and the BBC, submitted recommendations to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in response to the Government’s consultation on conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) in publication proceedings. Reynolds […]

Contenders pledge ‘no dirty tricks’ in battle to lead A&O

The four candidates who are competing in February to lead Allen & Overy (A&O) have promised a clean fight. The managing partner and senior partner roles are the prizes up for grabs and the contenders have made a gentlemen’s agreement that there should be no dirty tricks. One explained: “The four of us are all […]

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