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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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Salans and SNR Denton are set to vote at the end of this month on a three-way merger with Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC). The non-profit sharing merger, effectively a four-way combination given SNR Denton’s structure as two LLPs, is set to take the form of a Swiss Verein and will go live at […]

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Simmons v Castle. First interested party: Association of British Insurers; second interested party: Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; third interested party: Personal Injuries Bar Association. [2012] EWCA Civ 1288. Lord Judge LCJ; Lord Neuberger (MR); Maurice Kay LJ. 10 October 2012 The court amended the guidance in Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ 1039 by […]

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This week The Lawyer reveals the remarkable story of Tinu Adeshile, general counsel at the Islam Channel. If balancing working and studying part-time for five years to fund her legal qualifications wasn’t impressive in itself, just two months after starting work at the Islam Channel Adeshile was inspired enough by her surroundings to reject her […]

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Work Life Quiz: Steven Martin, Antony Hodari & Co

What do you do at weekends? Spend time with my family, play golf, coach U9s rugby. What was your first-ever job? Labouring on a building site. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Doing a seat in conveyancing. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on […]

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