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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.


Hugh Tomlinson QC

What should Leveson’s report propose?

Independence and effectiveness will be key to any system of media regulation, says Hugh Tomlinson QC The Leveson Report should propose a system of media regulation that promotes and protects the right of the media to publish information on public interest matters and the right of the public to receive it. The new system should […]

Chris Campbell

Dundas & Wilson: Lawyers in need

Dundas & Wilson has had a torrid few years. What can the new management do to turn the firm around? A firm’s merger ambitions say a lot about its self-esteem. Take Dundas & Wilson. After the Andersen Legal network collapsed in 2002, member firm Dundas once again faced being just a big fish in a […]


CMS’s long-haul US journey

‘Who motivates the motivator?’ It’s a question CMS boss Duncan Weston might be asking himself this morning. After revealing today that it has been a grim six months resulting in a lack of growth for CMS, Weston might be in need of an arm around the shoulder. CMS’s hunt for a transatlantic partner has been […]

The Claimant lawyers

The High Court will hear five test cases early next year in relation to phone-hacking. These are being pursued by MP Chris Bryant, former footballer Paul Gascoigne, football agent Sky Andrew, actor Jude Law and interior designer Kelly Hoppen. The lawyers are: Bindmans partner Tamsin Allen instructed for Chris Bryant MP. Steel & Shamash partner […]

Tim Eyles

Taylor Wessing joins double-digit ranks with half-year turnover rise

Taylor Wessing has reported double-digit growth in its half-year revenues, joining a small rank of firms that have increased their revenues in the first half of the 2012/13 financial year Taylor Wessing saw a 23.3 per cent increase in its international revenue between May and October 2012 and attributes the revenue increase to the firm’s […]

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