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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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Developing opportunities

Mary Macpherson looks at the possibilities of redevelopment and infilling at existing developed sites in green belt areas. Mary Macpherson is a barrister at 2 Mitre Court Buildings. As local authorities plan land-use in edge-of-city locations for the years after the millennium, an important priority is to preserve the green areas that ring the conurbations, […]

CWS fiasco partner quits Travers Smith

Travers Smith Braithwaite has accepted the resignation of Nigel Campion-Smith, the partner who was involved in the Co-operative Wholesale Society takeover debacle. Campion-Smith represented the City entrepreneur, Andrew Regan, in his abortive attempt to take over the CWS. In the process, Regan acquired confidential documents that subsequntly appeared to have been wrongfully obtained from the […]

In brief: Linklaters celebrates road race victory

Linklaters & Paines won this year’s Great Legal challenge, a 3.5-mile road race hosted by Chase Manhattan Bank and sponsored by The Lawyer. Linklaters was one of 46 firms to take part in the race in Battersea Park last week. The team, Richard Buckingham, Paul Prendergast, James Nairne, Tony Sparkes and Roland Sinker, had an […]

Scottish LAB backs calls for public defender scheme after spending rise

SCOTLAND’s Legal Aid Board has backed plans to introduce a public defender scheme in the wake of a sharp increase in annual expenditure. In its annual report, the SLAB said its spending had risen by 7.3 per cent to a record £143m, with criminal work (at a cost of £77.6m) responsible for most of the […]

CPS goes online

The Crown Prosecution Service launched a web site last Friday at its Ludgate Hill headquarters. The site explains what the CPS is, what it does and the procedures available to help victims of crime. Video clips taken from the CPS video, The Crown Prosecution Service – an introduction, can be downloaded from the site and […]

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