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22/11/2022
UKCA mark­ing dead­line ex­ten­sion
The UK gov­ern­ment has ex­ten­ded the dead­line by when busi­nesses need to use the UKCA mark. For many products the CE mark­ing and re­versed ep­si­lon mark­ing may be used on the GB mar­ket un­til 31 Decem­ber 2024...
21/11/2022
En­ergy Sec­tor: Re­tained EU law re­form – bon­fire of laws or death by ju­di­cial...
The UK re­tained a sub­stan­tial body of laws and reg­u­la­tions based on the status quo at the end of the “Trans­ition Peri­od” fol­low­ing the UK’s de­par­ture from the European Uni­on. At that time, the Gov­ern­ment...
04/11/2022
Sun­set Strip: the Re­tained EU Law (Re­voc­a­tion and Re­form) Bill and its...
Hav­ing re­tained EU law un­der the European Uni­on (With­draw­al) Act 2018 (EU­WA), which came in­to force on 31 Decem­ber 2020, the Gov­ern­ment has put in train the pro­cess by which such “re­tained law” is...
14/10/2022
The Re­tained EU Le­gis­la­tion Bill: Part 1: What does this mean for Copy­right...
In late Septem­ber, the Re­tained EU Law (Re­voc­a­tion and Re­form) Bill 2022-2023 (“the Bill”) was in­tro­duced to the House of Com­mons. The Bill is the latest Brexit state­ment piece from the Gov­ern­ment...
13/07/2022
Spot­light on UK Design Law – Part 7 - UP­DATE – UKIPO pub­lishes ini­tial...
The UKIPO has pub­lished its re­sponse to the ‘Call for Views’ con­sulta­tion on the re­form of the UK designs frame­work. By way of re-cap, the UKIPO had in­vited sub­mis­sions from design in­dustry stake­hold­ers...
04/07/2022
De­tailed scru­tiny needed to make the Pro­cure­ment Bill de­liv­er against its...
The Pro­cure­ment Bill in­tro­duced to Par­lia­ment in May goes to Com­mit­tee Stage in the House of Lords this week. The polit­ic­al am­bi­tion be­hind the pro­posed le­gis­la­tion has been clearly voiced, but does not...
29/04/2022
UK Sub­sidy Con­trol re­gime: Roy­al As­sent
On 28 April 2022, the Sub­sidy Con­trol Bill re­ceived Roy­al As­sent, form­ally mak­ing the Bill in­to an Act of Par­lia­ment – the Sub­sidy Con­trol Act 2022.  However, as high­lighted in our ho­ri­zon scan­ning...
18/03/2022
Post-Brexit: UK plaintiffs must provide cost se­cur­ity for pro­ceed­ings in...
Last year, long lorry jams made it clear to every­one what con­sequences Brexit will have for cross­ing the bor­der to main­land Europe. Far less known is the hurdle which UK com­pan­ies must over­come when they...
11/02/2022
UK sub­sidy con­trol re­gime: The year ahead 
As re­por­ted in our pre­vi­ous Law-Now here, in June 2021 the UK Gov­ern­ment began its form­al pro­cess of im­ple­ment­ing le­gis­la­tion to re­place the EU State aid rules by in­tro­du­cing the Sub­sidy Con­trol Bill...
31/01/2022
UKIPO is­sues ‘Call for Views’ on UK design re­gime
In the af­ter­math of Brexit and with the ad­vent of new and emer­ging tech­no­lo­gies, the UKIPO re­cog­nises that cer­tain fea­tures of the United King­dom’s design sys­tem may need to be up­dated and/or sim­pli­fied...
25/01/2022
The Tem­por­ary Trans­ition­al Power (TTP) ends on 31 March: What Next?
The ap­plic­a­tion of the FCA’s and PRA’s Tem­por­ary Trans­ition­al Power (TTP) will end on 31 March 2022. FCA and PRA au­thor­ised firms must en­sure that they com­ply with all “on­shored” EU le­gis­la­tion...
18/01/2022
The Road to the (Autonom­ous) Fu­ture
It is no longer pos­sible to dis­cuss the fu­ture of trans­port without the ques­tion of autono­ma­tion be­ing raised. The ques­tion of ‘how long’ un­til Autonom­ous Vehicle (AV) de­ploy­ment be­comes a real­ity...