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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.


Charlotte Taggart

Toeing the line

Investigations and regulations have become a core part of what in-housers have to deal with. In association with Grant Thornton In brief The Lawyer and Grant Thornton commissioned a joint research project of general counsel and heads of legal at financial institutions. The study revealed that, across the board, leading lawyers working in business are […]

Weil Gotshal promotes last of Lovells private equity team to partnership

Weil Gotshal & Manges has promoted London lawyers Samantha McGonigle and Simon Lyell to its London private equity partnership six years after the trophy hire of their private equity team from Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells. The pair joined the New York-headquartered firm as associates in 2006, when Weil launched a fresh attack on the […]

Mark Brandon

Laterals: what’s your return on investment?

Do you have a growth strategy, or just a recruitment strategy? And just what are you getting out of the time and money you put into recruiting partners and teams? Those are my tough questions for today, although I believe that some firms think recruitment strategy and growth strategy amount to the same thing, certainly […]

Lawrence Abramson

Position: Fladgate partner; formerly managing partner at Harbottle & Lewis The former Harbottle & Lewis managing partner and litigator, who moved to Fladgate last month (17 June), has worked on a range of high-profile media cases, including acting for Gary Brooker, the singer who wrote A Whiter Shade of Pale, on a copyright dispute with […]

SQS delivers automated regression testing for law firm Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell cuts delivery time and improves quality of legal case management system through automated regression testing with SQS London, 21 November 2012 –SQS Software Quality Systems, the world’s leading specialist in software quality, has helped Irwin Mitchell introduce automated regression testing into its systems development programmes. The first project to benefit has been Irwin […]

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