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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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CC and Linklaters lead as Carlyle and StanChart make Tanzanian investment

Clifford Chance has advised private equity outfit the Carlyle Group on its $210m (£132m) investment in Tanzania-based agricultural company Export Trading Group (ETG), with Linklaters and South African firm Webber Wentzel also acting for investors. Clifford Chance won the role for Carlyle with a team led by London private equity partner and Africa practice co-head […]

David Barnes

39 Essex Street confirms addition of 24-strong 4-5 Gray’s Inn team

London set 39 Essex Street is to be joined by 24 members of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, including seven silks. The Lawyer first revealed that the set was in talks with up to 30 barristers earlier this month (9 November 2012). Sources said that initially the set had planned to take between 25 and 30 […]

Ghost in the machine

US moves forward on Magnitsky case, with Canada next. When will the UK act? Friday 16 November marked a milestone for human rights, with the US House of Representatives voting overwhelmingly to pass the Magnitsky Act, the clearest sign yet that the US government is finally bowing to pressure to name and shame those implicated […]

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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 […]

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Salans, SNR and FMC approve three-way merger after partner votes

Partners at Salans, SNR Denton and Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) have ratified the firms’ three-way merger in votes taking place today. All three firms approved the deal, with Salans partners asked to publicly state their voting preference in a firm-wide meeting earlier (28 November 2012). The firm will be known as Dentons and […]

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