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EUston, we have a problem: access to EU financial service market in 2021 and beyond

Charles Proctor, Yelim Jun |

The UK edges closer to the expiry of the Brexit implementation period (31 December 2020). The diversion of resources to deal with the COVID-19 crisis; the decision not to request an extension of the implementation period; and the recent threat to renege on the Withdrawal Agreement make the prospect of a no-deal Brexit seem ever […]


Last orders on EU wide enforcement of UK judgments?

Alexander Wildschütz |

In only a few hours 47 years of the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union and in its predecessor, the European Economic Community, will come to an end. Over the next 11 months it will, hopefully, become clearer what shape the future relationship between the UK and the remaining member states will take. What […]


GDPR - what happens after Brexit

Michelle Waknine |

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 […]


Trade Marks and Brexit

Ben Milloy |

What happens to EU trade marks after Brexit? A mere three and a half years after the 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union, the UK looks set to “leave” the EU on 31 January 2020. Instead of exiting without a deal (which at one stage looked distinctly possible), the UK’s departure will be […]


Heading for a Hard Brexit? Thoughts for the Facilities Management Outsourcing sector

Tim Wright |

It is the last week of June 2019. The UK referendum took place three years ago in June 2016. In March the following year, Prime Minister May wrote to Donald Tusk triggering the Article 50 process and the UK looked set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. The date was enshrined in law […]


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

Alexander Wildschütz |

The national law, which governs a commercial contract and will be applied in the event that parties end up in a dispute over their obligations, is currently determined under the rules of the Regulation (EC) No 593/2008. Known as the Rome I Regulation, its rules stipulate that the courts of all EU member states will […]


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

Alex Haffner |

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.


Brexit - the Government's legal advice

Charles Proctor |

In Tuesday’s post (‘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 on Wednesday […]


Brexit und grenzüberschreitende Verschmelzungen - Abwarten und Tee trinken?

Jan Hoppe |

Der Brexit steht bevor: Großbritannien wird voraussichtlich am 29.03.2019 die EU und aller Wahrscheinlichkeit nach auch die europäische Wirtschaftsunion (EWR) verlassen. Eine verlängerte Austrittsphase bis Ende 2020 wird derzeit verhandelt, ist aber ungewiss. Der Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU wird unter anderem zur Folge haben, dass im Hinblick auf englische Unternehmen die derzeit geltende Rechtsprechung […]


Brexit – The Divorce Bill

Charles Proctor |

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 […]


Do you want a hard or soft-boiled Brexit?

Charles Proctor |

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 […]