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'.
Brexit – the “no deal” scenario10 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 World30 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.
“Settled Status” and supporting employees through Brexit04 October 2018
Following the Government’s announcement of its plan for EU migrants following Brexit, many UK employers are struggling to understand the potential effects of its proposal on employees who are EEA nationals or family members of EEA nationals.
Andrew Osborne comments for Relocate Magazine: Businesses uneasy over post-Brexit immigration policy04 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.
Geraint Lloyd-Taylor writes for LexisNexis: Brexit: deal or no deal—how will it impact the advertising and marketing sector?07 September 2018
In an article for LexisNexis, Geraint Lloyd-Taylor looks at the legal implications of Brexit for the advertising and marketing sector under the withdrawal agreement scenario and no deal scenario.
Science and technology committee calls for free movement of skilled workers31 July 2018
To some of us, science has an ethereal power. It creates and changes the rules rather than simply being bound by then. So it comes as no surprise that the science and technology committee has suggested free movement of scientists (and all skilled workers) to the UK. Albeit for only 180 days.
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.