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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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Network Rail has invited 20 firms including Clifford Chance, Eversheds and Simmons & Simmons to pitch for its external legal panel as the transport infrastructure group’s new general counsel prepares to review its roster of advisers. The company, which owns and operates much of the UK’s rail infrastructure, has asked all its 12 current panel […]

Ashurst defers partner payouts after first-half turnover slump

Ashurst partners will not receive distributions this quarter after the firm decided to defer profit payments. The move follows news that firm’s half-year revenues were down 6 per cent for the first six months of 2012/13 compared with the same period last year (23 November 2012). It also comes amid a change in the firm’s […]

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Herbies named as defendant in London Underground’s negligence claim against Freshfields

Legacy Herbert Smith has been joined as a defendant with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a £140m professional negligence claim being pursued by London Underground (LUL). Herbert Smith has instructed Fountain Court’s Tim Dutton QC to defend the claim, which is set down for a four-week hearing next October. One Essex Court heavyweight Laurence Rabinowitz QC […]

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Lord Phillips joins Brick Court as arbitrator

Brick Court Chambers has added the former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, to its roster of arbitrators. It marks a return to the set for Phillips, who had a commercial practice in Brick Court until he was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division in 1987. Following his retirement from the court (4 April […]

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