Brexit: the potential impact

The potential implications for UK competition law

The implications of the UK vote to leave the EU, or 'Brexit', will be largely dependent upon the outcome of the exit negotiations following Britain's notice to leave. At one end of the spectrum, Britain may elect to join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), as a signatory to the European Economic Area ('EEA') agreement, which replicates EU rules on competition law. In these circumstances, it is likely that competition law in the UK would remain broadly identical following Brexit (the 'EFTA Scenario').

Is the General Data Protection Regulation Brexit friendly?

The General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) will come into force across the European Union on 25 May 2018. The European Commission is introducing this regulation in a bid to protect citizens of the EU from 'the processing of personal data and…the free movement of such data'. The UK has now voted to leave the EU, or 'Brexit'.

The Impact on Corporate Law and Regulation

Now that the UK public have voted in favour of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, one of the questions businesses will be asking themselves is whether Brexit will mean less regulation of UK corporates. In the run up to yesterday's vote, some Brexit campaigners had been arguing that the influence of Brussels lawmakers has resulted in many UK laws and regulations being unnecessarily complex. Leaving, they said, would provide the UK with the opportunity to simplify and streamline its laws for the benefit of UK businesses.

The implications for employment law

There are large parts of UK employment law that have their source in European law and so there may, over time, be major changes in UK employment law, but that is more likely to be a consequence of domestic politics than Brexit itself. All material employment rights are enshrined in UK legislation which has been introduced by our Parliament, so to make any changes to those laws will require politicians to follow the normal parliamentary procedures.

What could this mean for Employee Share Plans?

Today the UK public voted to leave the EU. This has been one of the most significant political debates to have been addressed in at least two generations and its impact will be felt across all aspects of how, as the UK, we interact and engage with our European neighbours.

The implications for international families

The political and economic ramifications of the EU Referendum result have already begun, but what of the rather more prosaic, but nevertheless socially important, impact of changes to the legal regulation of English families? Those families with an international connection, as well as international families with an English connection, can expect to be affected.

The impact on protection and enforcement of IP rights

The departure of an EU member state is unprecedented, and the impact of a Brexit on protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the UK remains uncertain. The effects will be largely dependent on any terms regarding the UK's departure, and any transitional measures which are enacted by the UK Government.

The anticipated impact on UK immigration law

The United Kingdom has taken the momentous decision to leave the European Union. This note seeks to consider the anticipated impact on freedom of movement for European workers in the UK and the impact on UK employers seeking to recruit from the EU

Now that the UK has voted, should we still keep EU Regulations in Real Estate?

Much will be written in the coming weeks on the effect that the "leave" decision will have on the real estate industry.