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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.


How ethnically diverse is your firm or set?

This year’s diversity gongs go to O’Melveny & Myers and Coram Chambers, which top the tables for law firms and barristers’ sets respectively when ranked by their proportion of partners or tenants from ethnic minorities. But the real news is the number of chambers that failed to fill in the form. Only 23 sets out […]


Lawyer salary hikes fall below national average, says survey

Lawyers’ salaries are rising at a slower rate than the national average, according to detailed analysis of Office of National Statistics (ONS) by recruiter Randstad Financial & Professional. Lawyers’ and solicitors’ salaries have risen by an average of 8.1per cent in the last five years, while paralegals and executive assistants have seen their wage decrease […]

Herbert Smith, Slaughters advise as Diageo buys majority stake in United Spirits

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Slaughter and May have landed roles on a deal that sees UK drinks company Diageo acquire a 53.4 per cent stake in India’s United Spirits. The deal, worth £1.28bn, sees the UK beverages company behind Johnnie Walker, Guinness and Smirnoff buy a majority stake in United Spirits from liquor baron […]


New-look Dentons to be ‘most multi-cultural’ law firm

SNR Denton global chair Joe Andrew has pledged to make post-merger Dentons the “most multi-cultural” firm when Salans, SNR Denton and Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) combine early next year. Andrew, who will take the same role at the merged Dentons, has hailed the new transatlantic entity as the first law firm ever to launch […]


Lawrence Graham makes ‘prudent’ move to cut 18 jobs

Lawrence Graham has launched a redundancy consultation aimed at cutting 18 jobs across lawyer, central services and support staff ranks. In a statement, managing partner Hugh Maule said: “This is a very regrettable but prudent action to ensure that we align our resources with what remains a difficult market. “We’re ensuring the firm is in […]

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