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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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Clifford Chance and Freshfields land roles as China buys into Heathrow

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons took roles advising on the acquisition of a 10 per cent stake in Heathrow Airport by a subsidiary of China Investment Corporation (CIC). The deal sees Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial sell a 5.7 per cent stake in Heathrow Ltd for £257.4 to CIC International, an arm […]


Cooke Young & Keidan wins right to take Barclays Libor claims to High Court

Clifford Chance has failed in its attempt to have Libor rate-fixing claims against banking giant Barclays thrown out, setting the stage for what is one the most hotly anticipated banking disputes to spin out of the recession. Clifford Chance partner Ian Moulding instructed 3 Verulam Buildings’ Adrian Beltrami QC to lead defence of the case, […]


Government rejects judicial demands for costs council

The government has rejected Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals for a costs council despite senior judges calling for the end of the hourly rate. Justice minister Helen Grant said yesterday that the Advisory Committee on Civil Costs (ACCC) set up in 2007 to advise on costs issues was to be disbanded with its responsibilities transferred to […]

European moves: 1 November 2012

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux IP boutique Hoyng Monegier has picked up Hogan Lovells partner Carla Schoonderbeek, less than 18 months after she joined the international firm from Nauta Dutilh (31 October 2012). Schoonderbeek joins Hoyng Monegier’s Amsterdam office as a partner along with lawyer […]

CMS, Eversheds and Osborne Clarke win spots on slimmed down Lloyds panel

Ashurst, Berwin Leighton Paisner, CMS Cameron McKenna, Eversheds, Osborne Clarke and Stephenson Harwood have been appointed to Lloyds Banking Group’s own-account legal panels following a review. The firms are understood to have been among those awarded places on the slimmed-down roster, a revamp of which was finalised this week. Lloyds has appointed firms to roughly […]

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