Brexit

Navigating business and personal matters post-Brexit

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, and the Brexit transition period came to an end on 31 December 2020. Shortly before the transition period ended, the UK and EU agreed the terms of a Trade and Co-operation Agreement.

EU laws no longer apply in the UK, though the UK has retained EU laws as at the end of the transition period, which have been adapted for the UK. Even with the Trade and Co-operation Agreement in place, the future relationship between the UK and EU will remain a very fluid one. The advice laid out on this page will be regularly updated as matters develop over the coming weeks and months.

Now that it has left the EU, the UK's relationship with the EU inevitably presents challenges, as businesses around the world come to terms with new, and potentially divergent, regulatory frameworks. In turn, this will likely lead to Brexit-related disputes emerging.

We work closely with our clients in devising mitigation strategies to meet the risks from Brexit, but also in identifying and pursuing the opportunities that are available. We understand that, whilst legal advice in this context is critical, it is the political and economic context that drives our clients’ strategic thinking.

We support our clients in tackling issues such as the movement of people; the movement of goods, services and data; and the protection of IP rights. Our expertise includes advising on the impact of Brexit in the following areas:

Risk Management, Corporate Structure & Funding
  • Corporate governance and management advisory
  • Contract review & repapering (including using machine learning tools, where appropriate)
  • Structuring and disposals to avoid/mitigate Brexit risk
  • Acquisitions/Joint Ventures to secure access to markets or supplies
  • Corporate tax structuring
Trade in Goods & Services
  • Advising on new customs procedures for the import and export of goods
  • Advising on trade protection measures such as sanctions, quotas and countervailing duties
  • Advising on the ability to provide services in each of the EU member states
  • Advising on the terms of trade agreements with non-EU states.
Competition & Regulatory
  • Advising on jurisdictional issues in relation to investigations
  • Advising on follow on damages claims based on EU investigations
  • Advising on UK regulatory regimes in numerous industries
  • Developing strategies to ensure ongoing trade remains possible in regulated goods and services
  • Working with clients to seek  to influence future UK regulatory frameworks
  • Advising on the new UK regimes for public procurement and state aid
Data Protection
  • Advising on compliance with current and future UK and EU data protection and eprivacy regimes
  • Advising on mechanisms for international data flows
Intellectual Property
  • Providing strategic portfolio management advice to ensure effective protection for IP rights in both the UK and EU
  • Advising on post-Brexit filing strategies, commercialisation of IP rights and enforcement options
Commercial Contracts
  • Brexit-risk contract reviews and mitigation strategies, including using machine learning tools where appropriate
  • Advising in relation to post-Brexit implications for new commercial arrangements
  • Advising on a range of disputes with a Brexit dimension such as competition and trade, insurance, insolvency & financial distress, international arbitration, judicial review, reputation management and tax
  • Advising businesses and individuals on the steps needed to comply with the UK's new Immigration regime, and EU requirements
  • Advising on potential revisions to UK employment law
  • Tax planning, trusts, succession and family issues arising due to Brexit
  • Reputation Protection

 

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