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    Brexit: where to next for the UK & EU?

    2019-03-28T17:08:00Z

    Over 1,000 days have passed since the polls closed in the EU referendum, and the last several months in UK politics have seen a stark rise in political tension as MPs continue to debate the final shape that Brexit should take. Developments in the UK have been closely monitored by ...

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    No more non-market economy status? Commission proposes new rules on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy

    2019-02-13T14:42:00Z

    The European Commission has proposed two sets of amendments to the basic anti-dumping and anti-subsidy Regulations, 2016/1036 and 2016/1037.  The proposals are designed for different purposes but both will, if passed into law, result in significant changes to the operation of trade remedies in the EU.  

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    Implications for the profession of a no-deal Brexit

    2019-01-31T17:41:00Z

    Rebecca Goshawk, Public Affairs Manager at the Law Society of England and Wales, provides updated analysis of the consequences and potential costs of a no deal Brexit for both the profession in England and Wales and its clients. Solicitors in the EU and European lawyers in the UK are ...

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    New statute and the revocation of Article 50

    2019-01-30T12:49:00Z

    In this article David Greene, Deputy Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales, discusses the constitutional challenges that have arisen in Parliament since the 2016 EU Referendum. The article touches on the current turmoil in Parliament, how Article 50 could be revoked or extended, as well ...

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    Brexit and access to justice for victims of domestic abuse: A practical example in support of an agreement

    2019-01-29T11:43:00Z

    In this article Suzanne Rice, President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, discusses the potential impact a disorderly Brexit will have on vulnerable groups, such as victims of domestic violence. For people such as these, if a disorderly Brexit occurs, the protection from its effects could be defined by ...

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    The Law Society of Northern Ireland and Brexit

    2019-01-29T11:06:00Z

    Suzanne Rice, President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland , discusses the LSNI’s strategy to raise awareness with key stakeholders of the difficult issues which a disorderly Brexit would provoke. Since the 2016 EU Referendum, the LSNI has consistently argued in favour of for a broad agreement with ...

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    Brexit: the UK and Scotland

    2019-01-28T11:47:00Z

    Katie Hay, Head of International at the Law Society of Scotland, discusses the future options for Scotland in the context of Brexit. 2019 marks the 20 th anniversary of the opening of Scottish Parliament, and as the physical embodiment of Scottish devolution from the UK parliament, it has grown ...

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    Brexit and the Law Society of Scotland (updated March 2019)

    2019-01-28T11:44:00Z

    Alison Atack, President of the Law Society of Scotland, discusses how the Law Society continues to inform and advise its members while also acting as a strong advocate for their interests in Edinburgh, London and Brussels, with additional text discussing events since January. 

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    Migration in the UK post-Brexit

    2018-09-24T10:31:00Z

    With six months to go until the UK leaves the EU, the Government is yet to give a firm indication of what migration arrangements will be implemented post-Brexit. Migration was a defining issue in the UK’s June 2016 referendum on EU membership, which divided many and still continues to do ...

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    Is Europe failing migrant children in their access to justice?

    2018-09-05T14:29:00Z

    Upon arrival to the EU, migrant children face systematic barriers to their right to access justice.

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    European Commission looks to modernise civil justice cooperation

    2018-06-28T10:58:00Z

    On 31 May 2018, the European Commission released a statement outlining its proposals to modernise and digitalise EU civil judicial cooperation for cross-border civil and commercial cases in the EU, and in particular the service of documents. 

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    e-Evidence Initiative published by European Commission

    2018-06-28T10:47:00Z

    The European Commission have published an e-Evidence Initiative, which was devised with the intention of creating a new framework for EU Member States to access e-evidence, consisting of content data and metadata, across borders. 

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    App that saves phone data aims to help victims of crime

    2018-06-28T10:27:00Z

    An app has been launched which automatically saves various data, including texts and phone calls, irrespective of whether they are subsequently deleted from the phone. The app is able to present this data in a way that can be used both by law enforcement agencies and as certified evidence in ...

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    Is the Sugar Tax set to leave a sour taste in consumers' mouths?

    2018-05-31T13:28:00Z

    The Soft Drinks Industry Regulations 2018, otherwise known as the “Sugar Tax”, came into force on 6 April 2018 and will impact consumers, producers and practitioners alike. 

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    It is time for Europe to solve the issue of dual quality of products

    2018-05-31T13:18:00Z

    Olga Sehnalová MEP gives her persective on past developments and the future work that needs to be done to protect consumers from the problem dual quality of food products across the European Union.

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    CCBE comments on the proposed Directive regarding collective redress

    2018-05-31T08:05:00Z

    On 18 May, the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) issued a set of preliminary comments on the recently published proposal from the Commission for a Directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers.

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    Brexit: options for a future UK-EU dispute settlement mechanism

    2018-05-02T09:13:00Z

    The Law Society of England and Wales has published a paper which outlines its views on the building blocks necessary for having a fair, transparent and accessible mechanism for the resolution of disputes between the EU and the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

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    Letters to a (list of) small island (s)

    2018-04-30T14:25:00Z

    The catalyst for the creation of the black list was the visibility of ‘tax havens’ and offshore schemes created by the Panama Papers scandal, investigated by the European Parliament enquiry committee . However, the acceleration of agreement between the European Parliament and Commission leading to the publication of the ...

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    Council of the EU reaches agreement on tax intermediaries

    2018-04-30T13:49:00Z

    On 13 March, the EU Council reached agreement on a proposal aimed at boosting transparency in order to tackle aggressive cross-border tax planning. The proposal would require intermediaries such as tax advisors, accountants and lawyers that design and/or promote tax planning schemes to report schemes that are considered potentially aggressive. ...

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    Taxation, taxation, taxation – the status quo and future developments affecting junior lawyers

    2018-04-30T13:47:00Z

    In advance of the UK formally leaving the EU on 29 March 2019, UK Parliament has drafted the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (the “Bill”). This will enable the UK government to establish its own standalone customs regime and to ensure that VAT, along with excise legislation, can operate effectively in ...