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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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Orrick’s Ivory Coast affiliate faces opposition from second professional association

The Ivory Coast association of legal consultants has joined the Ivory Coast bar association in voicing its opposition to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s plans to launch an affiliated office in the country. In a press release printed in Ivory Coast newspaper Fraternité-Matin last week, the president of the Chambre Nationale des Conseils Juridiques, Ahmed Outtara, confirmed that […]

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A court has heard how Vikki Horsman, a 19-year-old nursing home worker, suffered from eight per cent burns to her body after being doused with acid in a revenge attack by her former lover, Mohammed Rafiq, 80, earlier this year. Andrew Baker and Jas Mann from No5 Chambers are defending. Rafiq, who has been described […]

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