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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.


Mark Brandon

Lawyers and business plans <sigh>

Four or five years ago, I recall going to a law firm cocktail party. The firm – now no longer with us – was in the ‘mid-tier’ (= covers a multitude of sins), and had a respectable name. The chief executive excitedly told me that at the recent partners’ conference, the firm had approved its […]


Focus: Legal Process Outsourcing – Distance earning

LPO is booming, but as a new report highlights, there is more to consider when going outside than cost savings Managing partners talk about the primacy of culture and quality over costs when entering into alternative sourcing arrangements such asoutsourcing, offshoring and nearshoring, but one look at figures exclusively provided to The Lawyer by management consultancy OMC Partners […]

Flat and happy

The Netherlands’ business community appears to have escaped the worst effects of the downturn, with the legal sector experiencing very little in the way of peaks and troughs. It would be easy to describe the Dutch legal market as boring, but perhaps a fairer word would be ­stable. While firms in neighbouring countries, particularly France […]


Arthur Cox wins Ulster University

The University of Ulster has ditched long-time adviser Carson McDowell in favour of Irish firm Arthur Cox following a cost-cutting panel review. The institution has instructed Carson McDowell for well over a decade on all types of legal matters, including property and employment, but has now switched to Arthur Cox.A Carson McDowell spokesperson said: “Understanding market conditions, we cut […]


Mallesons partners green light King & Wood merger

Partners at Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques have voted in favour of a merger with King & Wood, with the Chinese firm still to vote. Mallesons yesterday announced to its staff that it had achieved the 75 per cent super majority consensus among its 170-plus partnership that was required to approve the merger. The exact […]

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