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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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Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) former global head of corporate has moved to investment fund BlackRock, where he is taking up a managing director role. Scott Cochrane is now head of public and private funds (legal) across BlackRock’s presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This brings an end to a 25-year career at HSF, […]

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Download: How GCs are using legal tech

In January, Wolters Kluwer and The Lawyer launched a survey that sought to determine how in-house legal teams use legal technology. The opinions of 130 general counsel from leading organisations across the UK were gathered, and the analysis was supplemented by interviews with legal heads at organisations including Bupa, BT and the City Football Group. […]

Dechert to make cuts after City secretarial review

Dechert has kicked off a voluntary redundancy scheme in its London office, as part of a wider restructuring of the secretarial function. The US firm is reviewing its secretarial support arm in the City and plans to turn the function into a hub model that will entail a set of specialist skills for its employees. […]

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