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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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Silverbeck Rymer unveils post-ABS expansion plans

Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer, one of the first to announce a conversion to an ABS, has unveiled plans to create 300 new positions over the next 12 months. The firm agreed to sell its business to AIM-listed Quindell in a deal worth almost £20m in January following the implementation of the Legal Services Act (24 […]

South Korea’s Kim & Chang prepares for Hong Kong launch

One of South Korea’s ‘big four’ law firms, Kim & Chang, is set to launch in Hong Kong after receiving a licence from local authorities. Seoul-headquartered Kim & Chang will launch an office in Hong Kong in the near future after receiving a licence to practise as a registered foreign law office. The office will […]

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Sony turns to Wiggin for hire of legal affairs chief

Sony Picture Television (SPT) has hired Wiggin consultant Richard Parsons as senior vice-president for corporate business and legal affairs. In his new role Parsons, a former legal director of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group and BBC Worldwide (28 January 2011), is expected primarily to manage acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships for Sony’s international production arm. […]

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