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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.


Faisal Baassiri

Ashurst seals Jeddah tie-up as first step in Saudi plan

Ashurst is set to launch in Jeddah through an association with local in-house lawyer Faisal Adnan Baassiri as the firm aims to kick off its expansion in Saudi Arabia. The firm will open in the city on 1 January next year with a practice headed by Baassiri, vice-president for legal affairs at the Saudi Economic […]

Costs Management – some practical tips

Whilst concerns over the Jackson reforms appear to have centred on funding arrangements (CFAs and DBAs) and the new proportionality rule, Lord Justice Dyson, in his inaugural speech as Master of the Rolls, said that, “costs management is the key to the Jackson reforms”. Unless firms understand the costs management process, and take practical steps […]


Norton Rose seals $1.9bn merger with America’s Fulbright & Jaworski

Norton Rose is set to merge with US firm Fulbright & Jaworski, the firms have announced, with the deal going live on 1 June 2013. The combined firm will be called Norton Rose Fulbright and, according to the UK firm, will join the top ten law firms globally by revenue and number of lawyers. The […]

BT buys legal tech provider Tikit for £64.2m

British Telecommunications (BT) has today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire technology group Tikit for £64.2m. The move represents the telecoms company’s most aggressive most yet into the UK legal market. Tikit is one of the largest independent suppliers of technology solutions and services to legal and accountancy firms. Its clients include […]

BT’s Tikit to the legal market

The IT director of one top 20 firm today admitted he was “shocked” by BT’s acquisition yesterday of legal technology provider Tikit. ‘Shocked’, because comparatively this is a tiny company (it was a £64.2m deal) being acquired by a monolithic giant. What’s the plan, he wondered? Well, neither BT nor Tikit are saying much outside […]

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