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The Brexit clock is ticking. With the UK set to leave the EU in less than a year, and the so-called transition period likely to end in December 2020, businesses have only a limited time to develop and implement their Brexit strategies.

As Europe’s largest law firm, we can help you assess the real risks and opportunities in Brexit, and give you the legal tools and insights to meet them and manage them successfully.

Many predictions about Brexit have already been proved wrong, and there will be more twists and turns before the process is over. Complex politico-legal, financial and other relationships between the UK and the EU have to be untangled, in what is sometimes a febrile atmosphere. We will keep you up to speed on the practical legal implications for your business, providing clear insights and information as new developments unfold.

This Brexit Insights page features some of our latest updates on Brexit. You can find much more on our Brexit Next website.

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17/10/2018
Brexit up­date for fin­an­cial ser­vices firms - week end­ing 12 Oc­to­ber...
The week in out­line: The head­lines were dom­in­ated again by spec­u­la­tion about the fate of the With­draw­al Agree­ment (WA). The draft WA does not have spe­cif­ic pro­vi­sions for the fin­an­cial ser­vices (FS) sec­tor.
12/10/2018
Brexit up­date for fin­an­cial ser­vices firms - week end­ing 5 Oc­to­ber...
The week in out­line: In his speech on Fri­day (see Doc­u­ment 1 be­low), Don­ald Tusk re­peated the of­fer of a ‘Canada+++’ treaty with the UK. This was widely re­por­ted in the UK press in the con­text of the de­bate at the Con­ser­vat­ive Party con­fer­ence about al­tern­at­ives.
08/10/2018
UK will not uni­lat­er­ally ob­serve EU civil ju­di­cial co­oper­a­tion re­gimes...
The UK Gov­ern­ment has cla­ri­fied that it will not uni­lat­er­ally con­tin­ue to ap­ply ex­ist­ing EU civil ju­di­cial co­oper­a­tion ar­range­ments if re­ci­pro­city can­not be agreed as part of a with­draw­al agree­ment. Rather, in the event of a “no deal” Brexit, it will re­peal.
03/10/2018
Brexit up­date for fin­an­cial ser­vices firms - week end­ing 28 Septem­ber...
The week in out­line: The week was dom­in­ated by UK do­mest­ic polit­ics. There were very few tech­nic­al pub­lic­a­tions of in­terest to the fin­an­cial ser­vices sec­tor. Pub­lic­a­tions from the Reg­Zone Brexit news feed De­part­ment for Ex­it­ing the EU: Gibral­tar The De­part­ment.
02/10/2018
UK gov­ern­ment guid­ance on Copy­right if there is a “no-deal” Brexit
On 24 Septem­ber 2018, the UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lished long-awaited guid­ance on how cer­tain as­pects of copy­right pro­tec­tion will be treated in the event that no Brexit deal has been agreed pri­or to the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019.
02/10/2018
Ex­haus­tion of Rights in a "no-deal" Brexit scen­ario
On 24 Septem­ber the UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lished a series of tech­nic­al no­tices on the im­pact on vari­ous areas of in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty, in­clud­ing ex­haus­tion of rights, in the event of the UK leav­ing the EU without agree­ment (a ‘no deal’ scen­ario).
02/10/2018
Brexit Im­pact on Health and Safety Reg­u­la­tion
With less than six months to go un­til Brexit, em­ploy­ers and work­ers will be nervous about what lies ahead for the health and safety land­scape come 23:00 on 29 March 2019. In short: noth­ing will change…straight away.
26/09/2018
UK gov­ern­ment guid­ance on Pat­ents if there is a “no-deal” Brexit
On 24 Septem­ber 2018, the UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lished long-awaited guid­ance on how cer­tain as­pects of UK pat­ent pro­tec­tion will be treated in the event that no Brexit deal has been agreed pri­or to the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019.
26/09/2018
UK gov­ern­ment guid­ance on food and drink products pro­tec­ted by an...
On 24 Septem­ber 2018, the UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lished long-awaited guid­ance on how cer­tain as­pects of pro­tec­tion of EU geo­graph­ic­al in­dic­a­tions (GIs) will be treated in the event that no Brexit deal has been agreed pri­or to the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March.
26/09/2018
Brexit up­date for fin­an­cial ser­vices firms - week end­ing 21 Septem­ber...
The week in out­line:  The week was dom­in­ated by the Salzburg sum­mit and the ap­par­ent stand-off between the UK and the EU on Brexit (see for ex­ample the state­ment at Doc­u­ments 1 be­low from Don­ald Tusk – ‘the sug­ges­ted frame­work for eco­nom­ic co­oper­a­tion will.
25/09/2018
UK gov­ern­ment guid­ance on European Designs in the event of “no-deal”...
On 24 Septem­ber 2018, the UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lished long-awaited guid­ance on how cer­tain as­pects of design pro­tec­tion, and in par­tic­u­lar EU design ap­plic­a­tions, will be treated in the event that no Brexit deal has been agreed pri­or to the UK’s exit from the EU.
25/09/2018
UK gov­ern­ment guid­ance on Trade Marks if there is a no-deal Brexit
On 24 Septem­ber 2018, the UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lished long-awaited guid­ance on how cer­tain as­pects of trade mark pro­tec­tion, and in par­tic­u­lar EU trade mark ap­plic­a­tions, will be treated in the event that no Brexit deal has been agreed pri­or to the UK’s exit from.