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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.


Sonya Leydecker

Coutts & Co turns to Herbies for High Court battle

RBS’s private banking arm Coutts & Co has turned to Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) global head of litigation Sonya Leydecker and partner Rupert Lewis for its High Court battle with entrepreneur Sir Keith Mills. Clyde & Co partner Ivan Wilkinson is representing the former deputy chair of London 2012 with Brick Court Chambers’ Simon Salzedo […]

Peter Hasson

Clydes moots second Saudi launch as firm posts half-year turnover hike

Clyde & Co is considering launching a second Saudi Arabia base in Jeddah, as it emerges that the firm has delayed transferring partner Ben Cowling to the country’s capital Riyadh amid a logistical hitch. The firm opened in Riyadh in 2009 through an association with with Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily (6 April 2009) and is contemplating setting […]


DLA and Cravath advise as Starbucks develops taste for luxury tea

Cravath Swaine & Moore and DLA Piper have won lead roles as high-end tea company Teavana agrees to sell to coffee giant Starbucks for $620m (£390m) in cash. The move comes as the worldwide chain looks to reinvent the $40bn (£25bn) tea market and expand on its existing core tea brand Tazo, which Starbucks acquired […]

Weightmans’ half-year results beat expectations

North-west firm Weightmans’ turnover figure for the first six months of 2011-12 was up nearly 9 per cent on the same time last year at £38.3m. Weightmans exceeded its half-year target of £38m, billing £38.3m. That figure was up 8.9 per cent on the previous year’s £35.2m half-year figure, which was some way short of […]

Coram Chambers tops bar diversity tables

Family set Coram Chambers is home to the highest proportion of female tenants and has also topped the Black Solicitors Network’s (BSN) league table for having the highest proportion of ethnic minority members. The BSN invited 180 sets to participate in the survey yet only 23 responded, all of which have more than 30 members. […]

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