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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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Freshfields and MoFo take lead roles on DMGT local paper sell-off

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Morrison & Foerster (MoFo), Norton Rose and Olswang have advised as the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) sells its regional newspaper arm Northcliffe Media to a consortium led by former Mirror Group CEO David Montgomery. The deal sees newly formed media venture Local World acquire Northcliffe for £52.5m in cash, with […]

Freshfields to stage three-week benefits showcase

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to host a targeted series of events for its workforce focusing on its employee benefits programme in a bid to freshen its benefits scheme and keep staff engaged. The firm has offered flexible benefits for four years, but is changing its approach this year by holding three separate week-long events specific […]

Egorov ups English law capacity with hire from Herbies’ Moscow team

Russian law firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has hired Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) English-qualified corporate and energy partner Robin Wittering to join its Moscow office. Wittering, who spent seven years as a partner at legacy firm Herbert Smith’s Moscow office, left the firm on 31 December 2011 and joined Egorov at the beginning of […]

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The Lawyer Management: Just Costs

Mark Beaumont is head of business development for the London office of Just Costs Solicitors. He is the initial point of contact for business across southern England having joined the firm’s City base in early 2009 from his own company, ExecSearch. How has your role changed during your time at the firm? When I joined, […]

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