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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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Trowers lands Dubai projects expert

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Dry weekend for LA lawyers as licence deluge strikes

Local authority (LA) solicitors had to work late nights over the weekend, with some even cancelling holidays, as thousands of pubs, shops and venues deluged them with last-minute licence applications under new legislation. The Government estimated that some 70 per cent of applications would make the 6 August deadline for new-style licence applications under the […]

Herbert Smith scoops Mizuho for Charterhouse-Avent deal

Herbert Smith has landed its first acquisition finance mandate from Mizuho Bank, working on Charterhouse’s £225m buyout of baby care products manufacturer Avent. The Herbert Smith team, led by new partner Malcolm Hitching, advised James Newns’ leveraged finance team at Mizuho on the senior and mezzanine debt financing of the acquisition. Mizuho’s regular outside counsel […]

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An Appeal Court ruling in Vahidi leaves mediation as the preferred process for stress at work claims The limits of liability for stress at work have been under debate throughout the 1990s. A series of reports led to the 1995 case of Walker v Northumberland CC, which awarded damages against an employer for stress-induced psychiatric […]

Court of Appeal hits quiet patch with slump in cases

The Court of Appeal was significantly quieter in 2004 than in 2003, but the House of Lords was as busy as ever, according to figures from the bar’s top sets. Research carried out for The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report shows that the number of appearances in the Court of Appeal by barristers at the […]

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