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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.

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King & Spalding bolsters Middle East practice with Simmons hire

King & Spalding is set to add to its Middle East capability with the hire of Simmons & Simmons regional disputes and construction head Adrian Cole. Cole, a contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering specialist, is set to leave Simmons to join the US firm, with a starting date unclear. He is currently a partner […]

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Position: Former News International director of legal affairs Earlier this month Jon Chapman resigned as News International director of legal affairs as news broke that the tabloid had hacked into crime victims’ phones. Chapman is used to high-pressure environments, having joined the newspaper group from Enron, where he worked as in-house counsel between 1996 and […]

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Courts offer leap for faith

Recent religious belief versus discrimination cases show a softening towards the rights of those with strong faith The interaction between religious belief and discrimination law has, of late, become a hot topic. Until recently, the attitude of the UK courts had been to reject arguments that an individual’s religious belief entitles him to treat another […]

Silverbeck Rymer unveils post-ABS expansion plans

Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer, one of the first to announce a conversion to an ABS, has unveiled plans to create 300 new positions over the next 12 months. The firm agreed to sell its business to AIM-listed Quindell in a deal worth almost £20m in January following the implementation of the Legal Services Act (24 […]

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