Archive for July, 2016

IBEC warns Brexit is heaping pressure on Irish business with UK

The overall competitivity of Irish businesses could be at stake as the UK vote to exit the EU draws closer. By June, when the vote is due, Irish companies doing business in the UK could become 30% less competitive than they were last January.   According to Ibec, Ireland’s largest corporate group, it is likely that a weakening of the sterling against the euro, already in fluctuation since the turn of the...

29 Mar 1:48 PM 0 Read More...

Budget 2016 is ‘adventurous’ and ‘aimed at stimulating the economy as a whole’

The annual Budget is normally fairly uneventful and is seen by many as often being pretty dull. However, the Budget 2016 was anything but dull, or uneventful, as it contained some surprises, and even caused a complete furore in Parliament with the subsequent resignation of Ian Duncan Smith over cuts to Disability Benefits. Here Lawyer Monthly speaks to several lawyers and other professionals to find out their opinion...

29 Mar 1:31 PM 0 Read More...

How could EU Patent Protection be impacted by a potential Brexit?

While the UK is set to vote on a possible farewell from the European Union, a new EU patent system is in its final stages, but the timing of such changes could have a nudge effect on SMEs looking to protect their intellectual property.   The European Patent Office (EPO) has been undergoing a lengthy process to ratify a new unitary patent scheme in Europe, and now faces a potential Brexit, which for UK base...

29 Mar 11:13 AM 0 Read More...

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23 Mar 12:54 PM 0 Read More...

The Chinese slowdown – The silver lining: transitioning to a new economy

Alarmist headlines and panic warnings continue to dominate global media coverage of the economic slowdown in China. The headlines proclaim that 2015 was the worst for growth in 25 years. Words like “crisis”, “turmoil” and “disaster” have almost become synonymous with the country’s financial health.  Newspapers like The Express even say that “economists are terrified about how bad it could get”. Her...

23 Mar 10:53 AM 0 Read More...