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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.



Herbert Smith Freehills closes in on Seoul launch as UK partner gains licence

Herbert Smith Freehills has moved a step closer to opening its long-planned Seoul office, with London-based partner Tony Dymond receiving Foreign Legal Consultant (FLC) approval from the country’s Ministry of Justice. Dymond’s FLC approval entitles the firm to officially lodge its application for a Foreign Legal Consultant Office (FLCO) certificate, the final regulatory approval needed […]

CMS, Eversheds and Osborne Clarke win spots on slimmed down Lloyds panel

Ashurst, Berwin Leighton Paisner, CMS Cameron McKenna, Eversheds, Osborne Clarke and Stephenson Harwood have been appointed to Lloyds Banking Group’s own-account legal panels following a review. The firms are understood to have been among those awarded places on the slimmed-down roster, a revamp of which was finalised this week. Lloyds has appointed firms to roughly […]


Autonomy, an HP Company, Extends Market-leading Compliance Platform to Dodd-Frank

New cloud-based solution provides financial institutions with turnkey system for achieving compliance with new federal law CAMBRIDGE, London, October 22, 2012 — Autonomy, an HP Company, today announced the availability of a new solution designed to help institutions meet the new reporting and regulatory requirements associated with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection […]

Teare J refuses to recuse himself from Ablyazov case

Addleshaw Goddard has failed in its bid to have Mr Justice Teare recuse himself from a $6bn dispute between Kazakh billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov and JSC BTA Bank. Addleshaws made a last-minute application for Teare J to recuse himself last Thursday (25 October 2012), arguing that it could appear that the judge was biased against its […]

Simon Beswick

State of the unions

Losing track of who’s merged with whom in the UK legal market? Our handy guide to the key tie-ups of the past 18 months will help It was a long time prophesied, but until the past couple of years the much-heralded period of rapid consolidation in the UK legal market had shown little sign of […]

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