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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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Blow for Law Society as High Court throws out judicial review into legal aid

Today’s High Court decision to uphold the Lord Chancellor’s criminal legal aid reforms following a judicial review is disappointing news for the Law Society, which has vowed to take its fight against criminal legal aid cuts to the Court of Appeal. Law Society president Andrew Caplen said the judgment had a “concerning potential effect upon […]

Bird & Bird hit by six-person defection from China IP team

Just a year ago Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr laid out his firm’s strategy for Asia, telling us that the region had become “the firm’s top priority” and as such it had “taken important steps to prioritise growth in Asia”. Fast-forward to now and the firm has suffered something of a set-back after a […]

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