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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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Kennedys has hired MetLife Asia Pacific legal head Peter Cashin as a partner in its Hong Kong office. Cashin, an M&A lawyer, will join the firm’s corporate and commercial group. A former partner of CMS Cameron McKenna, Cashin moved to Hong Kong in 1997 to lead the development of the firm’s office and its Asia […]

An Englishman in Red Square

Despite the best efforts of many in Russia, English law continues to be the law of choice for most transactions in the country. That fact has helped many Anglo-Saxon firms succeed in Moscow over the two decades since the fall of Communism. It’s also why Russian powerhouse Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPA&P) announced last […]

2Birds reports double-digit euro growth at half-year stage

Bird & Bird has reported double-digit growth in its half-year revenue figure when reported in euros. The international TMT firm claims to do all its accounting in the single European currency and said that the figures for the first six months of the financial year 2012/13 are 12 per cent up on the same period […]

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Courts offer leap for faith

Recent religious belief versus discrimination cases show a softening towards the rights of those with strong faith The interaction between religious belief and discrimination law has, of late, become a hot topic. Until recently, the attitude of the UK courts had been to reject arguments that an individual’s religious belief entitles him to treat another […]

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Martin Arnold elected as managing partner for post-merger Wedlake Bell

Wedlake Bell senior partner Martin Arnold has been elected managing partner for a four-year term in the wake of the firm’s April merger with Cumberland Ellis. Arnold, who joined Wedlake Bell as a trainee in 1987 and has been a partner at the firm since 1996, was instrumental in the firm’s tie-up with Cumberland Ellis […]

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