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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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Hill Dickinson seals victory for Rooney in agent dispute

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed a multi-million pound claim brought against Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney by his former agency Proactive Sports Management. The ruling gives victory to Hill Dickinson partner Geraldine Ryan, who instructed Paul Chaisty QC of Kings Chambers to lead of counsel Mark Harper of the same set. Upholding the […]


Allen & Overy partner Alan Paul set to leave firm

One of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) most senior corporate partners is set to leave the firm at the end of the 2011-12 financial year. Alan Paul, who has been a partner at A&O since 1985 and sits on the firm’s board, has announced to partners that he will be retiring at the end of April […]


Fed up of the free training farrago…

I may seem a bit ranty on this, but frankly this is a subject long overdue for a good kicking. Law firms offer free training to clients and contacts. The way this works is that typically clients rock up for a breakfast or an evening session for a croissant or a canapé and an hour […]

The Retail Maze

The performance of prime retail areas such as London’s Bond Street stands in  contrast to the rising vacancies and falling investment that characterises regional high streets across Britain. The widening differentiation between retail locations is creating a tiered retail market. In prime areas of the capital it appears to be business as usual for high-end […]

Herbert Smith Paris hires Bouygues Travaux Publics GC

Herbert Smith has attracted the general counsel of French infrastructure company Bouygues Travaux Publics as a partner for its Paris office. Christophe Lefort joins the UK firm’s energy and infrastructure department in France. He has previously worked primarily in-house, with over two decades of experience at Bouygues Construction and Veolia Environnement. He has advised on […]

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