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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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Linklaters seals hire of first lateral partner in Sweden

Linklaters Sweden has netted a Hannes Snellman partner in what is now the firm’s first lateral hire in the Nordic practice. Private equity specialist Roger Johnson will join Linklaters Stockholm as a partner at the beginning of next year. Johnson has been a partner at Hannes Snellman since 2009. He previously worked at Linklaters’ Stockholm […]

Actuarial Profession hires Kingsley Napley partner as general counsel

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (the Actuarial Profession) has named Ben Kemp as its general counsel. Kemp, who is currently a partner in Kingsley Napley’s regulatory and professional discipline department, has been acting general counsel to the Actuarial Profession on a part-time basis since May. Commenting on the appointment, the Actuarial Profession chief executive […]


The Freemen, law blogging, and the public understanding of law

David Allen Green, media correspondent of The Lawyer, on what the legal blogging about the Freemen of the Land really tells us. Many leading legal bloggers have had brutal fun recently with the “Freemen of the Land”.  And rightly so, as this phenomenon is, of course, quite barmy and potentially dangerous. We had such outstanding […]

Freshfields there for Phoenix as it mulls CVC takeover bid

Zombie life assurance fund Phoenix Group Holdings has turned to long-time legal adviser Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for advice on its takeover talks with CVC Capital Partners. The board of Phoenix Group Holdings issued a statement in response to press speculation on 20 November confirming that the company, the biggest manager of closed life insurance funds, […]


Mallesons partners green light King & Wood merger

Partners at Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques have voted in favour of a merger with King & Wood, with the Chinese firm still to vote. Mallesons yesterday announced to its staff that it had achieved the 75 per cent super majority consensus among its 170-plus partnership that was required to approve the merger. The exact […]

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