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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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Herbies to send corporate and property due diligence work to Belfast

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is set to expand its Belfast-based legal support unit to include corporate due diligence and real estate work. The Northern Ireland base, which currently only handles disputes support, will offer the new capabilities from March 2013, after opening in the city in April 2011 (24 November 2010). It will start off […]

Norton Rose enlists PwC GC as senior adviser

Norton Rose is to bring in longstanding PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) general counsel Owen Jonathan in the role of senior adviser to the global executive committee. Jonathan, a former partner at the UK law firm, will be based part-time in its London headquarters from January 2013, advising the executive committee on global structure, risk management issues and […]

Herbert Smith and Skadden lead as Abramovich buys into Russian metal maker

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom were among the lead advisers on a deal that sees Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich’s investment company acquire a stake in Russian metal producer Norilsk Nickel. Millhouse Capital is set to acquire a 7.3 per cent share in the company for an […]

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The Lawyer Management: Wiggin

John Banister, chief executive officer Wiggin’s chief executive officer John Banister became the firm’s first non-lawyer partner in January this year following the introduction of the Legal Services Act. Banister joined Wiggin in 2003 as chief operating officer. He has previously held roles at Merrill Lynch, KPMG and Linklaters. How has your role changed since […]

Brodies makes second hire in two days with addition of Dundas partner

Scottish firm Brodies has announced its second lateral hire in as many days, bringing on board Dundas & Wilson’s non-contentious construction head Alistair McLean. McLean will join Brodies’ Edinburgh office in the new year as head of non-contentious construction. The role is a new one within the firm’s projects, energy and infrastructure group. He specialises […]

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