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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.




Monte Carlo was the location for The Lawyer’s annual European Awards and Conference. Here are the highlights The awards As ever, this year’s European Awards demonstrated the diversity and quality of the Continent’s legal profession. Now in their fourth year, the awards attracted more than 150 entries from firms across Europe – from those with […]

Mukhtar Ablyazov

Addleshaws client Ablyazov debarred from defending $6bn claim

Addleshaw Goddard client Muktar Ablyazov has been debarred from defending claims totalling $6bn against him after the Court of Appeal (CoA) ruled that he could not overturn a committal order against him. Addleshaw partners Ian Hargreaves and Richard Leedham instructed 20 Essex Street’s Duncan Matthews QC and Charles Béar QC of Fountain Court to lead […]

The grass is always greener in the other Field

One of the jewels in Field Fisher Waterhouse’s crown was the German IP team it acquired from Howrey in the run-up to the US firm’s collapse. At the helm of the group that joined in early 2011 was Joachim Feldges, a highly regarded patent litigator who swiftly became Field Fisher’s Teutonic managing partner. But as […]


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, […]

Landmark returns to 4-5 Gray’s Inn for another silk

Planning silk Tim Corner QC has become the latest barrister to quit London set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square after securing membership at Landmark Chambers. It brings the number of exits from 4-5 Gray’s Inn to seven, including two silks, in the past week. As revealed by The Lawyer, Landmark took Paul Brown QC and Lisa […]

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