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Relocation of the EU Medicines Agency – Germany

8 May 2017

By Dr. Tanja Eisenblaetter

"EMA" and "gErMAny" – far more in common than mere letters

The European Medicines Agency (the "EMA"/"Agency") has reached celebrity-style status in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and is being wooed by most European countries.  Whilst there are plausible arguments for a relocation of the EMA to any one of those wonderful European countries with delicious food, I wish – all prejudices against German food aside and I won’t mention Bratwurst – to point out some germane facts. gErMAny's bond with the EMA is already close – and not merely because it is in our name.  Each of the letters we share actually stands for a compelling reason for the Agency to relocate to Germany:

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare
Jurisdictions: Germany

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Stuck in the middle without EU: UK courts grapple with Brexit uncertainty

5 May 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

One of the UK Government's central objectives for Brexit is to bring an end to the jurisdiction in the UK of the Court of Justice of the EU ("CJEU").  A necessary implication of this objective is that, unless agreed otherwise during the Article 50 negotiations, citizens and businesses seeking a determination of their legal claims in the UK courts will lose their ability to make references to the CJEU on questions of EU law after Brexit takes effect. 

Now that Article 50 has been triggered, the UK courts are starting to be asked to address the legal uncertainty this raises for those with legal proceedings outstanding during the Brexit negotiation period: where questions of EU law arise after Brexit in cases filed in the UK courts before Brexit, how and by whom will these questions be determined?

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Administrative and Public Law, Pensions, Tax

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Relocation of the EU Medicines Agency – Ireland Island of Saints and Scholars

28 April 2017

By Elisabethann Wright

The EMA is looking for a new home. In this blog post partner Elisabethann Wright argues the case for Ireland.

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare

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General Election 2017: comply with the campaigning rules

26 April 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

The General Election campaigning rules have kicked in – and apply retrospectively back to 9 June 2016 and until 8 June 2017. Businesses need to review both past and future publications, events and other activities during the regulated period to ensure compliance with the widely-drafted regulations on controlled expenditure.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Administrative and Public Law, Government Relations and Policy Advocacy

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Brexit – the end of parallel imports from the UK?

20 April 2017

By Dr. Fabian Pfuhl

The United Kingdom's unprecedented vote to leave the EU will undoubtedly cause a broad range of legal issues in the future. This post focuses on the consequences of Brexit on parallel imports -  a field of significant relevance, particularly for the pharmaceutical market. 

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare