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With Brexit scheduled for 31 October 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.

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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'.


Related items

Brexit – the final countdown (or is it?)

11 March 2019

The UK is leaving the EU in two and a half weeks’ time, at the time of writing. Or maybe it isn’t. Your guess is as good as ours.

No-deal Brexit and data transfers – an update

21 February 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) has published guidance on using personal data after Brexit. The European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) has also released an information note on the implications of a no-deal Brexit for data transfers from the EEA to the UK.

No deal Brexit and Data Protection - What UK businesses need to know and how you should prepare

11 February 2019

With the Brexit D-day of 29 March looming, organisations have asked us to help prepare a Brexit Data Response Plan in case of a potential no deal Brexit. Building on the ICO and DCMS Guidance Notes*, we provide below some data protection considerations and sensible actions to take to ensure that your organisation’s data governance is ready.

“Settled Status” and supporting employees through Brexit

23 January 2019

Following the Government’s announcement of its plan for EU nationals and their family members after Brexit, many UK employers are struggling to understand the potential effects on their employees.

Brexit – the “no deal” scenario

10 December 2018

On 5th December 2018, the UK Government published its latest policy paper setting out what rights EU citizens will have to reside in the UK in the event the UK exits the European Union without a deal in place.

How will the Brexit endgame play out?

10 December 2018

This week is a crucial one for the Brexit process, with Parliament due to vote on the draft Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between Theresa May’s government and the EU. Even so close to the projected date for the UK’s departure on 29 March 2019, there are many imponderables and it is impossible to predict how Brexit will unfold. This article provides an employment law perspective on the current situation.

Professional Representation before the EUIPO in a Post-Brexit World

30 October 2018

Whilst the status of, and procedures affecting, EUTMs and other EU IP rights in a post-Brexit world are a concern for brand-owners, UK trade mark professionals face an additional headache in that there is a significant risk that their ability to represent clients before the EUIPO may shortly be lost. This is an important issue, as acting on matters before the EUIPO will account for over half of trade mark and design related revenue for many firms.

Andrew Osborne comments for Relocate Magazine: Businesses uneasy over post-Brexit immigration policy

04 October 2018

In an article for Relocate Magazine, Andrew Osborne discusses the immigration proposals coming out of the Conservative party conference.

James Davies comments for The Times: No-deal Brexit advice ‘useless’

20 September 2018

In an article for The Times, James Davies discusses the contingency plans businesses are making to move operations out of the UK, to avoid a hard Brexit.

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