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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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The string of mega profit increases raises questions about whether firms are being consistent with reporting results. The truth is, they’re probably not First, an apology. This piece really should have been written a long time ago. Years of reporting law firms’ revenues and profits have generated at least anecdotal evidence that there is an […]

Merger creates 47-strong civil set

Public law specialists Two Field Court and human rights and child law set 17 Bedford Row have merged to form a 47-strong civil set, Field Court Chambers. The merger comes just eight months after Two Field Court’s head of chambers Ashley Underwood QC defected to Landmark Chambers. Two Field Court brings the majority of the […]

CC wins historic independence vote mandate for Montenegro

Clifford Chance won a historic mandate to help the Balkan state of Montenegro secure its independence from Serbia. The firm’s head of public policy Michael Smyth and international law head Jeremy Carver were instructed alongside a local firm to provide advice on the recent referendum. The vote, held on 21 May, saw a massive 86.3 […]

Fraud focus

The extreme length of the SFO’s unsuccessful investigation into TransTec’s payments to Ford highlight the need for fraud prosecutors to review their own cases on an ongoing basis – and to be held accountable for their own failures to do so, says Stephen Parkinson For too long fraud prosecutors have avoided detailed scrutiny of their […]

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