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: