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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.

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Wragge & Co has won a lead role alongside Gateley on the administration of Manganese Bronze, the stricken company behind London’s world-famous black cabs. The Coventry-based maker of the iconic taxis filed for administration late last month, with PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Tony Barrell, Matthew Hammond, Ian Green and Mike Jervis appointed to oversee the case. The […]

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You might not have expected the legal profession to lean to the left, but in this year’s US presidential election lawyers donated more than twice as much to Democrat – and incumbent – Barack Obama than to his Republican rival Mitt Romney. Perhaps it’s because lawyers recognised so much of themselves in Obama. After all, […]

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Time to get a grip on lit funding

Third-party funders must accept statutory regulation to protect the integrity of the justice system Mary Terzino, consultant, the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Claire Madden of Connection Capital recently wrote an opinion piece on third-party litigation funding for TheLawyer.com in which she detailed the potential for investment in litigation by third parties that seek […]

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Eversheds joins bidding war for Yorkshire Water mandate

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Eversheds are battling it out for a mandate from Yorkshire Water. BLP is in talks with Yorkshire Water about striking a possible deal involving its Managed Legal Services (MLS) business, which effectively allows companies to outsource their legal functions to the firm at a lower cost, while Eversheds is also […]

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Actavis GC to step down as US rival acquires company

The general counsel of Swiss generic drugmaker Actavis is to step down from the role as US rival Watson Pharmaceuticals acquires the company for €4.25bn (£3.4bn). Former Linklaters lawyer Roy Papatheodorou has been the general counsel for Actavis since 2010 and is expected to leave the combined pharmaceutical company, now the world’s third largest generic […]

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