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Online but divorced from reality

By Philippa Dolan No one denies that simplifying the divorce process to make it easier, faster, cheaper and more understandable is a laudable aim. Much has been made of the billion pounds that is apparently being invested in an overall reform programme to ‘modernise the courts and tribunal service’, part of which is being spent […]

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 […]

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Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy’s decision to float on the Bombay Stock Exchange has generated choice roles for Davis Polk & Wardwell, Slaughter and May and Indian stalwart Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh. The energy company, the Indian assets of which lie mainly in Rajasthan oil fields, also used its preferred Scottish adviser Shepherd & Wedderburn on the […]

German govt excludes residential property from Reits legislation

The German government has approved its draft Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) legislation, but has controversially excluded residential property from its ambit. According to the draft Reits legislation, which received German government approval earlier this month, flats and housing portfolios have been excluded. A Reit is a vehicle that invests the pooled capital of investors […]

Linklaters, Slaughters and Freshfields top of their class as corporate deals soar

Linklaters, Slaughters and Freshfields top of their class as corporate deals soar” />With Slaughter and May leading the way, the corporate-heavy firms have astonished everyone during the first six months of the year. Linklaters partners can fly off to their partnership conference in Monte Carlo next weekend happy with £100m more in the bank than […]

Judges set to assess barrister performance

Judges are set to pass judgment on the performance of barristers and could send them for extra training under a new scheme proposed by the Bar Standards Board. The bar’s regulator wants to introduce a quality assurance scheme to ensure that standards of advice and advocacy among barristers remain high. Bar Standards Board chair Ruth […]

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