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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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Judgment call – 26 November 2012

Insolvency: The ‘Dicey rule’, arising from the operation of common law and the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1933, applied to foreign judgments in avoidance proceedings in insolvency. Rubin v Eurofinance SA & Ors; New Cap Reinsurance Corporation (In Liquidation) & Anr A E Grant and others as Members of Lloyd’s Syndicate 991 for the […]


Belfast’s Johns Elliot defeated as sex offender wins case against Facebook

Belfast-based Johns Elliot has lost a High Court order for Facebook as the social networking site is given 72 hours to remove a Facebook page that identifies pedophiles in Northern Ireland. The order comes after a convicted sex offender, known only as XY, issued proceedings against Facebook after finding his photo and threatening comments on […]

Dramatic pause

Mediation talks between ex-Halliwells partners and liquidators are adjourned When the former Halliwells partners agreed to enter mediation with the failed firm’s liquidators in April, everyone knew they had one hell of a task ahead of them. Even with Quadrant Chambers’ Michel Kallipetis – a sage of a mediator, by all accounts – overseeing proceedings, […]

Gowlings turns to Osborne Clarke to strengthen City restructuring team

Canadian firm Gowlings has made a double hire in its London restructuring team, with the move including the recruitment of former Osborne Clarke practice co-head David Wright. Wright has joined the firm’s City base as a consultant alongside current Osborne Clarke restructuring partner Andrew Mace, who becomes a partner at the Canadian firm. Wright moves […]

DLA and Freshfields earn £775k in fees from BT acquisition

DLA Piper and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are set to share an estimated £775,000 in legal fees after winning advisory roles on British Telecommunications’ (BT) acquisition of IT services company Tikit. Public deal documents filed by the parties state estimated legal fees of £500,000 paid by BT, which was advised by panel firm Freshfields, with DLA […]

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