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European Law & Brexit

Following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31st January 2020, as a nation we are now in a transition (or implementation) period, where in practical terms everything remains the same as between the UK and EU until 31st December 2020 (even though we have ceased to be a member of the EU).

During this period, the intention is that a Trade Agreement will be entered into with the EU to govern the position from 1st January 2021 – whether or not that is achieved, and if so in what form and to what extent, we await developments.

In the meantime, businesses will require advice on how commercial contracts with European businesses should be worded, as well as advice on commercial agreements, employing personnel, importing and exporting goods, recovering debts and resolving disputes in other jurisdictions. Individuals may require advice on property transactions, employment issues, consumer protection and family matters.

To assist our clients, we have set up a team to specialise in Brexit-related issues, such as its impact on existing commercial contracts. For further information, please contact any of Philip Costigan or Jon Wilby.

It is also important to know when advice is needed on the domestic law of another Member State. We are not only conscious of the impact of European law upon our own domestic legal system, but also of the need which some of our clients have for advice and assistance upon issues arising in other European countries.

As members of LawNet and LawNet’s sister organisation Eurojuris International, a grouping of over 500 independent legal practices throughout most countries of Europe, we and our clients have direct access to legal advice and assistance in the towns and cities of Europe in which you may be conducting business.