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The UK's domestic agenda - readying UK law for Brexit

11 July 2017

Infographic depicting the UK's current domestic legal framework and what will need to change post-Brexit. Leaving the EU will require the most comprehensive re-writing of the UK's statute book ever undertaken by the UK. Parliament must unpick over 40 years of integration between the UK and EU legal systems and ensure that no gaps are left in the process.

The Government’s proposed solution, the Repeal Bill, will need to re­flect the outcome of the EU/UK negotiations and ensure legal certainty for UK citizens and businesses.

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Brexit Bulletin: marketing authorisations for centrally-authorised medicinal products post Brexit

26 June 2017

On 31 May 2017, the European Commission and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) published a list of Q&A “related to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union with regard to the medicinal products for human and veterinary use within the framework of the Centralised Procedure” (“the Q&A document”).

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare

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Navigating the Negotiations - A Practical Roadmap

12 June 2017

While the fallout from the result of the UK General Election continues, the Brexit process itself is due to enter a new phase, with formal negotiations between the UK and the EU scheduled to begin during the week commencing 19 June.

Whilst those negotiations remain uncertain (and the Election result will inevitably raise new questions as to the UK's negotiating strategy), the process is at least as important as the ultimate outcome.  The process will determine whether business is able to plan ahead or is left uncertain up to the last minute and faces sudden, unpredictable, changes.

From a practical perspective, understanding the process is therefore key to managing Brexit business risk.

"Brexit – a Practical Roadmap" is the essential companion to the journey. 

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What now for Brexit?: Post Election Briefing

9 June 2017

In the UK’s General Election on 8 June 2017, Theresa May’s Conservatives fell short of a Parliamentary majority even though they secured the largest share of the popular vote and seats in the House of Commons. Mrs May has since confirmed her intention to continue as a minority government.

This raises a number of issues for an already uncertain Brexit process. Will the Brexit deal the UK seeks remain unchanged? Can negotiations realistically start on 19 June as planned? There seems little doubt that there will be increased instability in the UK political position for the foreseeable future. Will the minority government be able to operate effectively?

We address below some of the key questions arising in this context.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom

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Brexit FAQ: Patent issues

7 June 2017

Life sciences companies with operations in the UK or Europe are wondering where to even start when it comes to Brexit-related legal issues. To give you a jumpstart, our colleagues from different practice groups across multiple countries have prepared a series of questions you should ask to better understand how Brexit will impact your business and to clarify what steps need to be taken. In this edition, we share questions to ask when reviewing patent issues.

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare
Jurisdictions: United Kingdom