With Brexit scheduled for 29 March 2019, there will be both long and short term legal implications for UK and international businesses.
Although nothing is going to change overnight, the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU presents a host of more immediate questions around your workforce, intellectual property, data and commercial contracts, amongst other areas.
Our most recent thoughts and updates on the development of Brexit can be found below in the Related Items section.
Brexit and immigration – key steps to help you and your EU workforce prepare
From late 2018, EU nationals already in the UK will have to register and apply for settled status if they have been in the UK for five years. The Government also intends to end free movement of workers from the EU by 2021. Here are some points that every UK employer of overseas nationals ought to be aware to proactively manage these issues and protect your business.
As we learn more about the challenges ahead for our clients, contacts and their industries, we will add to this series of updates.
We look forward to hearing from you should you have any questions or concerns relating to 'Brexit'.
Colin Leckey comments for HR Grapevine: Will Brexit have an impact on UK women's employment rights?30 July 2018
In an article for HR Grapevine, Colin Leckey comments on the Equality and Human Rights Commission stating that women in the UK risk losing equality protections, including employment rights, as a result of Brexit.
Brexit part 3 - this time it’s temporary27 July 2018
While nothing in British politics should surprise us any more, the timing of the Government’s latest White Paper on Brexit – unveiled the day before Parliament broke up for the summer – seems to have caught out many MPs as well as the media.
Where might the Government’s Brexit White Paper lead us?17 July 2018
Although massively contentious, the Government’s White Paper proposals on the relationship between the UK and the EU post-Brexit add some flesh to the bones of what future interrelation between the two entities might look like. What are the key points for employment lawyers?
Free trade and controlling free movement - can the UK and the EU square the circle (18 months on)?05 July 2018
The Brexit rollercoaster continues to rattle along as we hurtle towards 29 March 2019, the projected date for the UK to leave the EU.
The EU (Withdrawal) Act - what does it mean for employment law?27 June 2018
That’s it - we’re leaving. You can Remoan all you want to, but yesterday was a momentous milestone in the history of Brexit with the EU Withdrawal Bill receiving Royal Assent and becoming the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
Andrew Osborne comments for the International Bar Association: Supporting the workforce through Brexit02 May 2018
In an article for the International Bar Association, Andrew Osborne discusses the negative impact Brexit will have on retaining and recruiting staff from the EU.
Joanna Hunt again writes for the Free Movement blog: Do the Immigration Rules discriminate against women who want to work in the UK?04 April 2018
In an article for the Free Movement blog, Joanna Hunt discusses whether Tier 2 (the main visa route which enables migrants to work in the UK) is potentially discriminatory against women and hinders their ability to work in the UK.
The half way point to Brexit: 12 months down, 12 months to go29 March 2018
Today marks the one year anniversary since Article 50 was triggered on 29 March 2017. The last 12 months have seen a number of key developments. Following the end of the first stage of negotiations in Brussels, there is now an agreement in place for the rights of EU nationals and their family members living in the UK. Last week saw the announcement that the UK and EU have finally agreed a deal on the transition period.
Return of the MAC – Business makes the case for EEA migration28 March 2018
There are clear signs that the government is prepared to listen to concerns from business about the impact of restricting EEA migration.