Legal updates


GDPR – what happens after Brexit?

31 January 2020

Will the GDPR still apply in the UK post-Brexit? The short answer is yes – once the UK exits the EU at 23:00 on 31 January 2020, all EU laws, including the GDPR, will automatically become part of UK domestic law due to the provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. As many GDPR […]

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Irish Backstop and Unilateral Withdrawal

14 March 2019

Last night an arcane legal issue floated to the surface amid chaotic political scenes in the House of Commons. Corporate partner Charles Proctor provides an overview in his latest blog post.

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Time to send the family wealth on a foreign holiday?

22 January 2019

Taking your family wealth on a foreign holiday always sounds more glamorous than staying at home and doing a bit of housekeeping. Helena Luckhurst, Private Wealth Partner at Fladgate, encourages you to think about your assets.

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Will Brexit affect the validity of a contractual English law clause?

7 December 2018

Alexander Wildschütz’s post considers the impact that Brexit may have on the validity of a contractual English law clause.

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Brexit and Competition law: Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose

6 December 2018

While debate continues in Parliament as to deal with the current blockage around the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement, back in the “real” world, businesses need to plan for the various outcomes currently being left in the hands of the politicians.

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Brexit – the Government’s legal advice

5 December 2018

In our post of yesterday (‘Brexit – A Legal Quagmire’), we noted that the Government had been held to be in contempt of Parliament in consequence of its refusal to publish the Brexit legal advice furnished by the Attorney General.  As a result, the Department for Exiting the European Union published that advice at midday […]

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European Unified Patent Court agreement ratified by the UK

11 May 2018

On 26 April, the UK ratified the EU’s Unified Patent Court (UPC) agreement. Although much of intellectual property law and practice is already harmonised amongst EU member states, a UPC would set up a common patent court for the hearing of intellectual property cases, and the direct applicability of its rulings, across all EU member […]

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Are we running out of time to agree cross-border judicial cooperation post-Brexit?

26 February 2018

The answer, according to the European Parliament’s recent report on the impact of Brexit on freedom, security and justice, is “yes”. The report notes the wide-ranging implications for individuals and businesses with commercial or personal ties to the UK and any other EU member state who are facing uncertainty over cooperation between the UK and […]

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Brexit – The Divorce Bill

7 July 2017

On 1 January 1973, the United Kingdom acceded to the treaties constituting the European Communities. Just over a year later, one of England’s greatest judges, Lord Denning, remarked that Community law “…is like an incoming tide. It flows into the estuaries and up the rivers. It cannot be held back…” The present state of EU/UK […]

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The new Prospectus Regulation

3 July 2017

The Prospectus Regulation (Regulation) was published in the EU Official Journal on 30 June 2017. This was the final step in a process, initiated in early 2015 by the EU Commission, of reviewing the existing prospectus regime with a view to helping smaller companies grow whilst at the same time protecting investors, as part of […]

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