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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.


Cleary promotes London trio in global promos round

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has promoted two London-based lawyers to its partnership and one to counsel as part of a global promotions round that will see eight made up to partner and four to counsel. The new partners in the London office are corporate and financial transactions lawyers Gabriele Antonazzo and Polina Lyadnova, while […]

UK top 20 devotes £180m of billing time to pro-bono work

The value of pro-bono work in the UK is almost half a billion pounds a year, with research from legal recruitment company Laurence Simons finding that the top 20 firms carried out £180m of free work – the equivalent of 1.85 per cent of their budgets – in 2011. Laurence Simons private practice director Guy […]


Judgment Call: 5 November 2012

On an application under CPR r.39.2 for witnesses to give evidence in private, the judge had to consider whether there was a risk of reprisals against the witnesses such as to justify a derogation from the principle of open justice. Civil procedure Deripaska v Cherney. [2012] EWCA Civ 1235. Maurice Kay LJ; Munby LJ; Lewison, […]

Bingham joins local trio on Spanish constructor’s €200m debt refinancing

Bingham McCutchen has joined Spanish firms Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and Uría Menéndez in advising on building manufacturer Uralita’s debt refinancing. The financing includes a syndicated credit agreement and a number of bilateral debt instruments made between Uralita and its subsidiaries and several financial institutions, valued at a total of €200m (£161m). The […]

Mukhtar Ablyazov

Battle lines

The ongoing battle between Kazakhstan-bank JSC BTA Bank and its former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov could find its way to the Supreme Court after Ablyazov’s lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard said yesterday they would fight the court’s decision to debar him from the case. This has been a long and bitterly fought case and the substantive hearing […]

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