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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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CC and Mallesons enter merger talks once more

The saga of Clifford Chance’s on-off affair with leading Australian practice Mallesons Stephen Jaques is underway once more. Merger talks between the firms are to resume later this year but the practices have yet to name a date. As revealed in The Lawyer last year, Clifford Chance shelved the merger talks, which would have added […]

Chambers closures show a healthy bar

Jonathan Hirst QC analyses the reasons behind the recent spate of chambers dissolutions. Jonathan Hirst QC is chairman of the Bar Council. Recent months have seen a steady flow of public announcements reporting chambers’ mergers, dissolutions and new start-ups. Comparisons are made with a supposedly golden age when barristers joined their chambers after pupillage and […]

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Proud Liverpudlians, following Cherie Booth’s ann-ouncement during a visit to Liverpool Football Club that she wanted to make sure her baby recognised its Scouse roots. When asked if she hoped the baby would please its Prime Minister father by becoming a Newcastle United fan, she replied: “Oh no, it will have to be Liverpool – […]

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The abolition of legal aid and the incorporation of the Human Rights Act into English law have changed the way the legal profession deals with personal injury and clinical negligence cases, writes Fenella Quinn The past couple of years have seen major changes in clinical negligence and personal injury. The largest, of course, is the […]

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