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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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High Court orders Herbert Smith and RBS to bare all

Fresh twist in Highland Capital case as privilege waived further A judge has demanded that privileged communications between Herbert Smith and RBS be handed over in a £66m case in which the bank ditched the firm in favour of ­Linklaters. At a pre-trial review (PTR) in the High Court on 22 November, Mr Justice Burton ordered RBS to disclose privileged communications […]

Arbitration gains ground in India despite holdups and cost concerns

Arbitration as a form of dispute resolution is increasing in popularity in India, but remains beset by administrative problems, a survey has found. The report, produced by Ernst & Young’s Indian fraud investigation and ­dispute services group, shows that the vast majority of Indian contracts now include an arbitration clause. However, the use of ­arbitration varies, with […]

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Can the Accutrainee model have any impact on diversity?

  Deemed by some a cut price training scheme, the new Accutrainee model claims to offer law firms a way of reducing recruitment costs, whilst not sacrificing headcount. Law firms, it appears, will be able to cut down on the number of training contracts they offer, and instead turn to Accutrainee for would be solicitors. […]

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White & Case makes up six City partners in 21-strong global round

US firm White & Case has made up six lawyers to partner in London as part of a global promotions round that has seen 21 make the grade. The new partners in the London office include capital markets lawyer Melissa Butler, M&A associate John Cunningham and international arbitration expert Dipen Sabharwal. London-based Julia Walker was […]

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