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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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City of Westminster wins illegal subletting case against tenant

An in-house local authority legal team has won a breakthrough case against unlawful council tenant subletting. City of Westminster Council’s legal services solicitor Michael Carson instructed 9-12 Bell Yard barrister Adrian Chaplin in the authority’s first successful prosecution relating to the illegal subletting of a council house under the Fraud Act 2006. Herminio Nascimento, who […]

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SRA delays force Parabis to defer Duke Street investment

Insurance firm Parabis has been forced to delay its ABS deal with private equity house Duke Street because the SRA is struggling to cope with the flow of post Legal Services Act applications. It is understood that the Parabis deal was expected to complete this week, but delays in the application process has caused the […]

CC partner’s Hong Kong bother

As news comes in that the Archbishop of Canterbury is to stand down in December, one Clifford Chance partner will be feeling the need for an intercessor. Asia head Peter Charlton has been arrested in Hong Kong after a road accident in which the former global corporate head was reportedly driving a Jaguar after consuming […]

France’s De Pardieu and China’s Allbright enter into cooperation

Chinese firm Allbright Law Offices has signed its first formal cooperation agreement with a firm from another jurisdiction following the move of Allbright lawyer Ghislain de Mareuil to France’s De Pardieu Brocas Maffei. De Mareuil has joined De Pardieu as a counsel to head up a Chinese desk in Paris, following two years as a […]

Vos J threatens phone-hacking firms with group litigation order as costs spiral

High Court judge Mr Justice Vos has ordered firms involved in the wave of phone-hacking cases to find a more efficient method of working or risk their clients being forced into a group litigation order [GLO] represented by a single firm. The move comes in response to claims that costs in cases that have so […]

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