Brexit and planning for the unknown in IT

31 October 2017

As is beginning to become apparent, Brexit has wide-ranging consequences in many commercial and business areas. This is equally true in the sphere of data protection, where much of the applicable legislation has developed at an EU level. This is readily understandable, given (i) the wide-ranging technological advances that have occurred since the UK joined […]

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Employment laws & Brexit

24 August 2017

There has been much speculation regarding which employment laws will be scrapped when Brexit finally takes place.  The truth is that it is much too early to give any clear guidance on this. However, it seems to us that many UK employment protections – such as legislation that prevents discrimination, rules regarding maternity and paternity […]

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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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Brexit: Take it or leave it?

20 February 2017

The contents of European treaties do not generally achieve public notoriety. But – after acrimonious parliamentary debates, Supreme Court challenges and yards of press coverage – everyone has now heard of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. As part of a deal to secure Parliamentary approval to trigger the EU withdrawal process under Article 50, […]

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“Brexit” means “Brexit”?

20 January 2017

On 17 January, the Prime Minister gave her long-awaited speech on the UK’s strategy for Brexit. It is fair to say that her comments received a mixed reception, both in the UK and the EU. The main point is that “soft” Brexit and continued UK membership of the single market are now definitely off the […]

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Brexit countdown – Don’t bank on a passport

25 November 2016

Philip Hammond’s autumn statement earlier this week arguably could have been renamed the “autumnal statement” since the chancellor’s underlying tone suggested the UK is entering a period of gradual decline and slowdown. Does a Brexit Winter lie ahead? And if so, how can we prepare for it? Charles Proctor, a partner at City of London […]

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Hard Brexit and the banking industry

15 November 2016

It is now clear that the United Kingdom is committed to Brexit, although the nature of any continuing relationship with the remainder of the EU remains to be negotiated. However, it seems unlikely that the current EU passporting system for the financial services industry will continue to apply to UK institutions, or to EU banks […]

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What to look out for in employment law in 2017

12 November 2016

Every year sees new developments in employment law, and 2017 will be no different. Caroline Philipps, an associate in the Fladgate Employment team, looks at those areas of employment law that are likely to be of greatest interest in the New Year. Equal pay One of the most anticipated developments in employment law in 2017 […]

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Do you want a hard or soft-boiled Brexit?

10 November 2016

Charles Proctor explains how the UK could declare itself a free trade zone by ceasing to impose tariffs on imports immediately after its split from the European Union. UK politicians have spent the last few months arguing over the shape of a post-Brexit deal with the EU: will it be ‘hard’ or will it be […]

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