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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.



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 […]

Julio Veloso

A question of values in Spain

A Spanish ‘bad bank’ may be a good idea but it has arrived too late to fix the real estate problem Following the lead of the US and Ireland, the Spanish government is about to pass a law that will regulate the transfer of toxic real estate assets from Spanish financial entities to a so-called […]

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 […]


Bingham’s COO on how to launch a global shared-services centre

Next spring Bingham McCutchen will throw open the doors on its $22.5m shared-services centre in Kentucky, a move the US firm announced in September this year. By that time up to 250 back office staff – and their families – will have decided whether to up sticks and relocate to the so-called ‘Horse Capital of […]


US firms steal a march on UK counterparts in diversity stakes

US firms are leading the way when it comes to the representation of ethnic minorities in their workforces, although proportions remain low across the board, this year’s diversity league table from the Black Solicitors Network has revealed. The league table focused on analysing the numbers of female and ethnic minority partners, associates, trainees and paralegals […]

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