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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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Chilean exiles' lawyers fight to try Pinochet in UK

Lawyers acting for Chilean exiles and human rights groups are pushing ahead with plans to prosecute General Pinochet in the UK. Geoffery Bindman told The Lawyer his legal team was seeking consent from the Attorney General to begin a criminal prosecution against the former Chilean dictator, but if consent wasn’t forthcoming he would consider taking […]

Scottish solicitors act against fixed fees

A prominent Scottish solicitor who organised a day of disruptive industrial action at Glasgow Sheriff Court has accused Scottish Office minister Henry McLeish of turning his back on lawyers’ fears. Angry Scottish criminal legal aid solicitors refused to represent clients in Glasgow Sheriff Court last week in protest at Scottish Office proposals to introduce fixed […]

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Lord Hoffmann, whose connections with Amnesty International threatened to throw the Pinochet affair into further chaos. Pinochet’s lawyers have lodged an appeal against a House of Lords decision that Pinochet did not have sovereign immunity, believed to relate to allegations of Hoffmann’s perceived bias. Designers of a futuristic magistrates’ court building in Southampton, whose u13m […]

Beachcroft Wansbroughs tie forges 122-partner firm

Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave merged with Beachcroft Stanleys this week to create a 122-partner national firm, specialising in commercial, healthcare and insurance. Beachcroft Wansbroughs, as the new firm is called, is the result of 18 months of merger negotiations. Wansbroughs completed its first foray into national expansion after taking over Manchester insurance firm Vaudreys in September. […]

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