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European Access Plan: Your gateway to business in the EU

On 24 December 2020, the UK officially left the European Union and, under the Brexit agreement, is now a third country to the EU, outside both the single market and customs union. The change means that UK-EU cross-border business activities are now subject to a number of trade barriers, including adjusted and strengthened border controls and additional administrative work.

Costs risk in appeals from the Irish tax appeals commission

The Finance (Tax Appeals) Act, 2015 introduced a new architecture for the hearing and determination of tax appeals. Amongst other changes, the Tax Appeals Commission (the “TAC”) replaced the Appeal Commissioners, with appeals directly to the High Court only on question(s) of law arising from the TAC’s determination (a ‘case stated’), rather than to the Circuit Court on the basis of a full rehearing of the tax appeal.

EAEU Treaty on trademarks comes into effect

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of Goods came into effect on April 26, 2021. It serves as a foundation document for the formation of a regional system within EAEU territory.

Banking leaders discuss keeping pace with growth, digital transformation and driving operational efficiency

In a live webinar hosted by the Financial Times, Clare Hart, CEO of Williams Lea, joined two top operational leaders in the corporate and investment banking industry, David Sliney, Chief Operating Officer of investment bank, Stifel and Paul Poggi, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of specialist M&A advisor, Harris Williams, in a panel discussion on the intense pressure within corporate and investment banks to find better and more cost effective ways of running core support functions.


BT names next legal chief as Fletcher steps down

BT group general counsel Anne Fletcher has stepped down, with former Misys general counsel Daniel Fitz poised to take over her role. Fletcher, who was with the company for 24 years, the last nine as legal chief, has decided to leave the company. A spokesperson did not confirm the reasons for Fletcher’s departure. Fitz was […]


US firms likely to eclipse UK players in race to conquer Indian market

Lower fees and exclusive tie-ups mean US firms could steal a march on their UK counterparts when it comes to gaining a firm footing in the Indian market. Research from RSG Consulting has revealed that while UK firms are still the most visible in India, the amount of US investment in and out of India […]


White & Case joins CC and Links on £3.5bn gas pipeline project

Clifford Chance, Linklaters and White & Case took on leading roles on the recently closed €3.9bn (£3.53bn) first phase project financing of the 1,220km Nord Stream gas pipeline. The pipeline, which is due to complete in 2012, will transport gas from Russia to Europe. White & Case acted for project company Nord Stream and sponsors […]

Addleshaws promotes five in latest partnership round

Addleshaw Goddard has promoted five lawyers to partner, shrinking its round for the second year running. Last year seven lawyers were made up at the firm, down from nine the previous year (26 March 2009). Two of this year’s group are from the firm’s contentious practice, one from business support and restructuring (BSR), one from […]


Unnatural selection

Finding your own conversational gambits used to be the mark of the averagely socially skilled lawyer. So there’s something faintly depressing about the notion that Camerons’ fee-earners need a computer program to help them swot up on discussion topics in advance of a cocktail party. It seems a very expensive way of prepping; surely a […]

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