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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.


Jonathan Blair

Bond Pearce prepares for vote on Dickie Dees merger

Bond Pearce partners are set to vote tomorrow (7 December) on a planned merger with Dickinson Dees, nearly three months after the two firms announced they were in talks over a combination. Neither firm commented on the imminent poll, which is required before South West firm Bond Pearce and North East outfit Dickinson Dees join […]

Senior Herbies litigation partner defects to Debevoise

Senior Herbert Smith Freehills litigation partner Kevin Lloyd has defected to US firm Debevoise & Plimpton. Lloyd is the second high-profile departure from Herbert Smith Freehills since the merger between Herbert Smith and Australia’s Freehills went live on 1 October (21 June 2012). Corporate partner Will Pearce left for Davis Polk & Wardwell in November […]

Desmond Browne QC

RPC and Taylor Hampton lock horns over Mirror phone-hacking claims

Trinity Mirror has instructed RPC partner Keith Mathieson and 5RB media silk Desmond Browne QC to defend claims of phone hacking. In-house lawyers led by Marcus Partington, group legal director at Trinity Mirror Group, publishers of The Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People, are conducting an internal investigation into claims brought by Taylor Hampton consultant […]

Lord Justice Leveson

Leveson moots arbitration service for resolving claims against the press

Lord Justice Leveson today said a low-cost arbitration service should be established to help newspapers and magazines resolve legal claims. Publishing his long-awaited report into the culture, practice and ethics of the press, Leveson LJ proposed that a statutory body such as Ofcom should take responsibility for monitoring an overhauled Press Complaints Commission. Such a […]

Charles Moore, Rocket Lawyer

Google-backed Rocket Lawyer launches in UK amid public spat with rival

Google-backed online legal services site Rocket Lawyer has launched in the UK days after US rival LegalZoom sued the site for its use of the word ‘free’. LegalZoom, which is to launch in the UK later this year via an alliance with high street franchise QualitySolicitors (20 September 2012), filed a 14-page suit in California […]

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