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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.


Mark Brandon

Brandon: Ethical implications and the rule of law

The law may traditionally be blind, but today’s firms should carefully consider their ethical stance when choosing which companies to act for. Much has been made of the role of global enterprise to impact and influence the progress of the world economy. When 1,100 people were killed in Bangladesh in a garment factory collapse in […]

Asset recovery

The recovery of assets on finance agreements and lease under a High Court writ of delivery.

Jamaica LGBT list Supreme Court success for No5 Chambers barrister

Philip Dayle of No5 Chambers was on the winning side in the Supreme Court case R v The Secretary of State for the Home Department. The court dismissed an appeal by the secretary of state for the Home Department that Jamaica should be included on a list of countries where LGBT people are ”in general” not […]

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Berwin Leighton Paisner kicks off UK promotions season with five made up

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has promoted five lawyers to its partnership, including three in London, in a reduced promotions round. The promotions round is significantly smaller than last year, when the firm made up eight lawyers to its partnership (25 March 2014). There were two promotions to the corporate department and litigation, finance and real […]

Matt Byrne

The big squeeze on office costs

Are you reading this while snugly ensconced in your warehouse-sized corner office? Does that make you a dinosaur? Yep, probably. In the past few years the price-driven, property-related mantra in law firms has been “save money”. Yes, offices should be light, airy, ergonomic and packed with bromeliads but, ultimately, firm leaders care most about intensifying […]

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