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'.
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.
Brexit priorities for HR with a year to go21 March 2018
The United Kingdom will leave the European Union in just over a year’s time on 29 March 2019, in the absence of an agreement to defer the separation. It seems probable there will be a 21-month transitional period, during which EU laws will continue to apply and business will have time to adapt to a post-Brexit world.
Michael Burd is quoted in The Law Society Gazette: Exit Wounds19 March 2018
Michael Burd is quoted in the write up of the latest Gazette roundtable held last week.
Brexit and immigration – key steps to help you and your EU workforce prepare16 March 2018
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. Are you and your workforce ready for these changes?
Brexit, #metoo and equal pay: the hidden links09 March 2018
Remix to Transition02 March 2018
This week the government released a new proposal on EU citizens arriving in the UK during the Brexit 'transition period', which is set to run for about two years after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.