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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 […]

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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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US firm Brobeck Hale and Dorr is taking three top partners from Morgan Cole to set up its office in Oxford. The technology giant is the first US firm in the UK to venture outside London, and has taken most of Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley corporate practice for the launch. Corporate partners Joe Pillman, Jonathan […]

Groupama Insurances plans legal panel cull

Insurance giant Groupama Insurances is the latest company to cull its number of outside legal advisers. Groupama, which has an annual revenue of about £8bn and is the tenth largest insurer in the UK, says that it is time to rationalise its external law firms. It currently has two panels, but head of claims management […]

Sidley & Austin Hong Kong founder joins Herbert Smith

Sidley & Austin is losing one of the founding partners of its Hong Kong operation to Herbert Smith, just a year after the office was established. Simon Meng, who is qualified in New York and Paris, has joined Herbert Smith’s reg-ional project group as a consultant due to the Hong Kong Law Society’s restriction on […]

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