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The impact of Brexit on the enforcement of judgments between the UK and EU Member States post-Brexit

28 March 2018

By Paul Chaplin, Neil Mirchandani, Philip Parish and Ivan Shiu

The impact of Brexit on the enforcement of judgments between the UK and EU member states is increasingly at the forefront of businesses' minds. This blog describes how the current system of reciprocal enforcement of judgments operates throughout the EU and considers the positions expressed by the EU and the UK on what may happen post-Brexit.  There are a number of options that the EU and UK Government could take to ensure that there is a coherent regime of reciprocal enforcement post-Brexit, and both sides have intimated their desire for coherence, however, neither have yet detailed how such a regime could work in practice.  If no deal is reached, a number of procedural hurdles could be imposed on businesses wishing to enforce a UK judgment in an EU Member State and vice versa. It is not possible to state definitively how Brexit will impact the ability of companies to enforce English judgments in EU Member States and EU Member State judgments before the English courts, however, there are a number of steps that companies can take to help mitigate any uncertainty surrounding how English judgments will be enforced post-Brexit.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom

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Is your business prepared for the 'storm' of secondary legislation needed to get UK law ready for Brexit?

28 March 2018

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

With around 19,000 pieces of EU legislation currently in force in the UK, EU law touches all aspects of life, from health and safety to harbours and highways; from employment rights to exotic diseases.  If nothing is done between now and 29 March 2019, when the UK leaves the EU, thousands of EU rules will simply stop applying in the UK overnight, causing significant uncertainty as to how the remainder of UK law should function without them.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom

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UK Parliamentary Committee Publishes Life Sciences Brexit Negotiation Recommendations

28 March 2018

By Julia Fraser and Jane Summerfield

The UK House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee has published the findings of its six-month long investigation into the impact of Brexit on medicines, medical devices and substances of human origin. 

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare
Jurisdictions: United Kingdom

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The terms of an orderly Brexit transition are now known but remain uncertain

23 March 2018

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

The EU27 have agreed the terms of the UK's transitional period with the EU following its exit on 29 March 2019 and adopted guidelines setting out the EU's negotiating position on the future relationship.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom

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EU Commission draft Brexit agreement clarifies continued protection for unitary IPRs

15 March 2018

By Sahira Khwaja and Clare Matheson

*Reposted from www.limegreenipnews.com - Link

On 28 February 2018, the European Commission published the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK.  The paper is, of course, only a draft and the UK government has not yet commented on or agreed to any of its terms but it is the first time we have had a concrete statement of either side's position in the negotiations.  It will be discussed by the EU Council and the Brexit Steering Group of the EU Parliament over the next few weeks before it is negotiated with the UK government.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Designs, Intellectual Property