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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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Featured case: VAT

Sub One Ltd (t/a Subway) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners. [2012] UKUT 34 (TCC). Arnold J. 3 October 2012 The Value Added Tax (VAT) Act 1994 Sch.8 Pt II Group 1 Note (3)(b) had to be objectively construed as a matter of EU law and to the extent that it decided differently the Court of […]

Tom Crone

Position: Former News International head of legal A week after James Murdoch implied that his lawyers had failed to inform him about the extent of Hackgate, Tom Crone resigned from the company. A stalwart of the Fleet Street legal set, Crone is highly regarded in media circles and is seen as a tough negotiator. In 2007 he told a parliamentary select […]

Paul Brown

Cameron’s reforms are misguided

Reforming judicial review procedures will not lead to a better system but will punish those who need it most There are five reasons why the proposed reform of judicial review procedures is misguided. First, it is based on a false premise. The stated object of the exercise is to “speed up development and boost economic […]

Andy Coulson

Matrix and DLA Piper seal costs victory for Coulson at CoA

Matrix Chambers and DLA Piper partner Jo Rickards have scored a victory in the Court of Appeal (CoA) for former News of the World (NoW) editor Andy Coulson, ordering the defunct tabloid’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) to pay his legal costs. Rickards instructed Matrix silks Tom Linden QC and James Laddie QC to lead […]

Dubai

Shifting sands

As firms’ focus moves to Dubai, Simmons says Abu Dhabi base is secure Simmons & Simmons is standing by the strength of its Abu Dhabi office and says it has no plans to go the way of Hogan Lovells and shut its Abu Dhabi base. But there are widespread expectations on the ground in the […]

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