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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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Pump Court Tax Chambers scores victory in Rangers tax case

Pump Court Tax Chambers has secured a major victory for the former owners of Rangers Football Club in a legal battle with HMRC. The Murray Group instructed Edinburgh partner David Horne of HBJ Gateley, who used to work in-house for the organisation, to argue that payments made to players, staff and other employees in the […]

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Norton Rose’s Martyr: Fulbright deal won’t hurt US referral relationships

Norton Rose CEO Peter Martyr has brushed off claims that next year’s merger with Fulbright & Jaworski will jeopardise the firm’s referral relationships with other US outfits, as concerns emerge among parts of the UK-headquartered firm that the tie-up could have a negative effect on some partners’ practices. A number of Norton Rose partners in […]

South Korea’s Kim & Chang prepares for Hong Kong launch

One of South Korea’s ‘big four’ law firms, Kim & Chang, is set to launch in Hong Kong after receiving a licence from local authorities. Seoul-headquartered Kim & Chang will launch an office in Hong Kong in the near future after receiving a licence to practise as a registered foreign law office. The office will […]

Get off my land, Herbies

When Herbert Smith announced it was opening a Belfast office to aid its dispute resolution practice two years ago, it probably didn’t think it would soon be using the base for lawsuits going on purely between parties in the Australian outback. But that could almost be the reality if current plans to use the Northern […]

Kennedys gears up to recommend Scottish merger to partners

Insurance firm Kennedys is in early-stage tie-up talks with Scotland’s Simpson & Marwick and is preparing to put the prospect of a merger to its partners. A merger would give Kennedys its first foothold in Scotland. Simpson & Marwick, which focuses on insurance and personal injury work, has offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh […]

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