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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.


Kennedys gears up to recommend Scottish merger to partners

Insurance firm Kennedys is in early-stage tie-up talks with Scotland’s Simpson & Marwick and is preparing to put the prospect of a merger to its partners. A merger would give Kennedys its first foothold in Scotland. Simpson & Marwick, which focuses on insurance and personal injury work, has offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh […]

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Norton Rose risks alienating US buddies after merger

The Houston lift-off for Norton Rose Fulbright will create a huge firm on paper, but some worry about the effect on transatlantic referrals 2012 has seen merger talks fail over differences in culture and firm structures even if practice fits have seemed positive – Field Fisher Waterhouse and Osborne Clarke being a prime example. But […]


Job Watch: Commercial real sstate

Real estate has taken a serious hit in recent years, but with signs that things are starting to pick, what does this mean for the legal market? “Commercial real estate is definitely on the up,” comments Justin Gyphion, a senior consultant at Taylor Root. “The Taylor Root Job Index, which maps the monthly number of […]

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Herbert Smith and Travers field City teams for Polish energy deal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Travers Smith have scooped roles as San Leon Energy acquires Aurelian Oil & Gas in a bid to become the largest foreign holder of shale licenses in Poland. HSF, a longstanding adviser to both Aurelian Oil & Gas and San Leon Energy, is acting for Aurelian in the transaction, having […]

A pint of milk, Curly Wurly and some boundary dispute advice, please

If brand recognition can be taken as a measure of success, then it’s fair to say that QualitySolicitors, which only launched in 2008, has been pretty successful. So it was only a matter of time before someone else jumped on the franchise bandwagon. With the usual lines about the legal services industry changing and uncertain […]

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