Costs Budget - Roger Mallalieu, 4 New Square (Costs, Jackson, LASPO, London, 02.03.16) How can you use costs budgets tactically in litigation when 95% of matters do not get to trial so the full effect of the budget is never felt? What if there is an admission of liability/breach of duty?
ADR - Peter Hurst, Former Senior Costs Judge (Costs, Jackson, LASPO, London, 02.03.16) Is Alternative Dispute Resolution starting to provide a legitimate and workable alternative to the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO), with reference to Arbitration, Mediation, Early Neutral Evaluation, Expert Determination, Expert Costs Advice and Paper Assessments?
Transactions and Equity Incentives - Mark Ife, Herbert Smith Freehills (Employee Incentives and Share Plans, London, 24.02.16) What are the tricky and practical tax issues arising in respect of share awards in M&A, flotations and sales of subsidiaries and businesses?
Shares for Rights - Jenny Wheater, Duane Morris (Employee Incentives and Share Plans, London, 24.02.16) How are the tax reliefs operating in respect of the shares for employment rights scheme? How do the NIC arrangements differ? Now that private equity funds are using the scheme does it continue to serve the Government's original purpose?
Share Valuation - Hannah Tipper, Deloitte LLP (Employee Incentives and Share Plans, London, 24.02.16) How is HMRC approaching share valuations for tax purposes? What are the factors driving value? What are the key areas of concern when agreeing values?
Self-certification and Reporting - Jon Clarke, HMRC (Employee Incentives and Share Plans, London, 24.02.16) How is the new self-certification and year-end tax reporting to HMRC of employee share awards bedding down? What is HMRC's approach to enforcement of the penalty regime?
Growth Shares - David Pett, Pett Franklin (Employee Incentives and Share Plans, London, 24.02.16) What is the attitude of HMRC to the tax treatment of growth shares, with reference to its' recent report on the use of growth shares? How do JSOPs and EMI schemes compare as an alternative? How does the concept of growth interlink with other tax reliefs?
All Employee Share Plans - Matthew Findley, Norton Rose Fulbright (Employee Incentives and Share Plans, London, 24.02.16) To what extent are sharesave and SIPs more flexible and therefore more attractive for client companies, in light of recent changes?
Visitor Rules - Tony Haque, Baker & McKenzie (Business Immigration, London, 03.02.16) What is the practical impact of the new rules for business visitors on those wishing to undertake business activities in the UK?
Tier 2 PBS - Sophie Barrett-Brown, Laura Devine Solicitors (Business Immigration, London, 03.02.16) How can you actively mitigate the compliance problems for employers wishing to sponsor a skilled worker outside the EEA? How is a change in a sponsor's circumstances (e.g. a merger, demerger, corporate restructure or insolvency) going to impact on existing sponsor licences?