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EU Trade Marks and Brexit
22 March 2018
Like many aspects of Brexit, the future remains uncertain. Commercial common sense dictates that in the world of intellectual property, like many other areas, agreement will need to be reached between the UK and EU which preserves the ability to trade and conduct commercial relations on a continuing basis. However, in the absence of agreement with Brussels, there are no guarantees.
Trade Bill 2017 – 2019
09 February 2018
The government introduced the Trade Bill 2017-19 (the “Bill”) to Parliament on 7 November 2017 and it received its second reading on 9 January 2018. The main purpose of the Bill is to ensure that the UK has the necessary measures in place in order that it can build future trade policies after it has left the EU.
Brexit and Intellectual Property
02 November 2017
As with many areas of law and regulation in the UK, the current intellectual property regime is heavily regulated by European legislation. Brexit will have a significant impact on this area over the coming years and some changes will be significant. Businesses will need to take steps to ensure protection of their intellectual property rights, particularly in those areas most affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill
31 October 2017
The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill (the “Bill”) was introduced to the House of Lords on 18 October 2017. It is scheduled to have its second reading on 1 November 2017. The Bill seeks to enable the UK to continue to comply with the current UN sanctions regime after Brexit and is the first item of legislation brought to the House of Lords as part of the Brexit process.
16 August 2017
The free movement of persons occupied a high profile role during the EU referendum debate and continues to do so now. It is a widely accepted principle of EU law that the four fundamental freedoms (the freedom of goods, services, people and capital) are linked to the single market, and therefore, if the UK wishes to abandon the right to free movement of people, it must also give up its access to the single market.
The Great Repeal Bill
03 July 2017
In March the UK government published its white paper titled ‘Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union’ (the “White Paper”). The White Paper outlines the government’s proposals in respect of the “Great Repeal Bill” and how it plans to transpose EU law into UK law.
Reflections on Keynote Seminar – “Brexit and economic policy priorities for Scotland”
14 March 2017
I recently had the pleasure of attending the Keynote Seminar – hosted by Scotland Policy Conferences – entitled “Brexit and economic policy priorities for Scotland – investment, growth and international trade”. The seminar was well attended, with top solicitors, accountants, representatives of major businesses, trade organisations, senior university faculty members and politicians contributing to a comprehensive set of presentations and lively discussion thereafter.
Brexit: A pure question of law
29 November 2016
R (Miller & Anor) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union & Ors  EWHC 2768 (Admin). The High Court has ruled that the government cannot rely on the royal prerogative to give notice of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union (EU) pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union (TEU) without recourse to parliamentary approval.
Managing Brexits – Breaking up is hard to do?
04 November 2016
Whatever side of the debate you were on, there can be no doubt that the referendum vote on 23 June this year was one of the most significant political and economic events for many decades. The recent High Court decision on the challenge to the government’s right to implement Article 50, demonstrates the complexity of the issues, and the state of confusion that prevails.
Brexit – Planning for the Future
22 September 2016
When the UK’s decision to leave the EU was announced on 24 June 2016 it sent shockwaves through the world which has resulted, amongst other things, in unprecedented political change, turbulent currency markets and a number of questions for businesses.