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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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News Corp deputy general counsel David Pitofsky promoted to top job

News Corp has named deputy general counsel David Pitofsky as its new general counsel and chief compliance officer. Pitofsky replaces 21st Century Fox general counsel and chief compliance officer Gerson Zweifach, who was appointed as interim general counsel of News Corp in June 2013 when the media business split off from its parent.  Zweifach will […]

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It’s been a tough few years for Shepherd & Wedderburn’s CEO Stephen Gibb. The firm’s turnover stagnated in and around the £30m markand the ‘Scottish big four’ group dissolved when Dundas & Wilson and McGrigors merged. But while market commentators were predicting doom and gloom, Gibb had no doubt that the firm was in good […]

Supreme Court gives green light for appeal over QASA ratings scheme

The Supreme Court has granted an appeal against the new rating system for criminal barristers introduced by the Legal Services Board (LSB). This decision marks the next step in a long-running fight between regulators and advocates to implement a new competency assessment for criminal barristers, known as the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA). The […]

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Six take flight from Bird & Bird’s China offices in defection to IP consultancy

IP consultancy Awapatent has picked up Bird & Bird Hong Kong IP rainmaker Ai-Leen Lim and a team of five for its Beijing and Hong Kong branch AWA Asia. Lim has left Bird & Bird, where she was international partner and head of trademark portfolio management in Greater China, to head the consultancy’s practice as […]

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