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  • Don’t let Brexit jeopardise UK’s valuable services sector

    29 March 2018

    Professional services accounted for approximately 7.8% of UK GDP in 2016 – the latest figures – yet the EU trade deal with Canada (The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)), widely touted as the model for the UK post Brexit, does not provide a comprehensive framework for them. CETA has been given increasing attention following Michel Barnier’s publication of CETA as the ‘one available option’ given the UK government’s red lines on policy going forward.

  • Trainee Solicitors and EU Law

    28 March 2018

    For some UK-based trainee solicitors, EU law remains a distant memory of a module from law school. For others it is a thriving and diverse seat option, which offers tangible examples of competition law and something a bit different to everyday legal work. Trainees currently entering the market are arriving at a time where the future of the EU’s impact upon England and Wales (and the UK at large) is uncertain. 

  • Negotiating professional services in trade agreements

    28 March 2018

    Deanna Easton of the Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN and WTO discusses the fine detail of negotiating professional services in trade negotiations. Professional services is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing export sectors. Through trade negotiations, Australia seeks to improve conditions for professional service providers to enter, operate and expand in foreign markets. Outcomes for the professional services sector are delivered through: market access commitments; ...

  • The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement between New Zealand and Australia

    28 March 2018

    Tracey Epps, senior adviser in the Trade Law Unit in the New Zealand’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs outlines the key characteristics of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement (TTMRA). The TTMRA was signed in 1996 between the Government of New Zealand and the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments within Australia. The TTMRA advanced the strategic objective held by the New Zealand and Australian Governments of creating a “single trans-Tasman market for the sale of goods ...