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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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Arup appoints new legal chief

Architecture and design engineering business Arup has recruited a new general counsel as its current legal head steps down after eight years in the role. Margot Day joins from engineering consultancy Buro Happold, succeeding Clare Marshall as GC. Marshall has been at Arup nearly 20 years, and GC since 2013. Marshall is now launching her […]

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Bird & Bird wades into Bitcoin inventor battle

Bird & Bird is advising a non-profit cryptocurrency group in the battle over Bitcoin, as it demands a judicial declaration that Australian computer scientist Craig Wright is not the digital coin’s creator. Wright proclaims he penned and owns the copyright to a Bitcoin whitepaper published in 2008 under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, which first outlined […]

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Former Dechert partner leads six-strong finance team hire at EY

EY Law is bringing in a team of six lawyers to boost its financial services practice, including a former Dechert partner. The legal arm of the accountancy firm has brought in a collective helmed by Monica Gogna, a finance expert who left Dechert last September. The team hire is aimed at building out a financial services […]

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