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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.


Conyers splits chairman role in two with new appointments

Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has elected partners Narinder Hargun and David Lamb as its new co-chairs. Hargun and Lamb replace John Collis, who has chaired the firm’s executive committee for a number of years and is also Conyers’ corporate head. The appointment of Hargun and Lamb took effect on Friday 16 November. Hargun […]

Why Cameron has got it wrong on judicial review reform

It seems that David Cameron is a firm believer in the old adage that no government ever lost votes by attacking the legal profession. After LASPO’s cuts to legal aid provision, the coalition is now gunning for judicial reviews (JR). In a speech to the CBI on Monday outlining his proposed reforms, Cameron lamented that […]

CMS revamps private equity group in wake of top-level departures

CMS has reacted to the departure of former private equity heads David Bresnick and Ted Cominos with a restructure of the group’s leadership. Bresnick left his role as head of private equity and TMT at CMS for Morrison & Foerster last month. He had replaced international head of private equity Cominos, who moved to the […]

Mark Dembovsky

Pre-merger Howard Kennedy to cut 10 support staff roles

Howard Kennedy has put 10 support staff on redundancy consultation ahead of its planned merger with Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI). The firm said the redundancies were a result of a review of the firm’s internal structure and were not triggered by the merger talks with FSI. A statement read: “We’re continuously reviewing the structure of […]

Mark Brandon

Laterals: what’s your return on investment?

Do you have a growth strategy, or just a recruitment strategy? And just what are you getting out of the time and money you put into recruiting partners and teams? Those are my tough questions for today, although I believe that some firms think recruitment strategy and growth strategy amount to the same thing, certainly […]

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