EU-UK relationship

A closer look at some of the news, issues and consequences of the UK withdrawal from the European Union.

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European Parliament ratification of the TCA: where do we stand?


In our article dated 22 January 2021 we discussed how, in order to prevent a no-deal scenario, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) was applied provisionally before it was to be ratified by the European Parliament. This provisional application was slated to be in effect until 28 February 2021 ...

New EU-UK Relationship – Rights of Audience in front of Courts at EU Level


This analysis article examines the rights of audience held by UK-qualified solicitors enabling representation before the European Union level Courts. The article looks at the role of the European Union level Courts in determining pending cases concerning the UK in addition to looking ahead at the potential cases concerning infringements ...

UK Government Guidance on the EU-UK TCA


Following the end of the UK-EU transition period and the finalisation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) new rules apply to those travelling and doing business in the European Union. To help travellers and businesses, the UK government has created a Brexit checker tool which provides tailored guidance to ...

European Commission Guidance on the UK-EU relationship


Following the UK’s withdrawal from the Single Market, Customs Union, and during the negotiation process the European Commission has provided guidance to assist those working, living or travelling to the European Union. Following the conclusion of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the guidance has been updated and now provides greater ...

Guidance on the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)


The UK-EU transition period ended on 31 December 2020 and the UK has now left the single market. Following the conclusion of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), the legislation covering legal services, establishment and some specific practice areas has changed. The Law Society of England and Wales has ...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - first reactions from the Law Societies


The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) was agreed on 24 December 2020. It was adopted by the European Council and the UK Parliament and is now awaiting the adoption by the European Parliament. Our colleagues in the UK prepared their initial analyses of the agreement.

Brussels Briefing with the three UK Law Societies’ Presidents


On 10 February, the UK Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office is holding a webinar on our response to the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and what this means for UK qualified solicitors based in the EU or those involved in EU cross border trade. This is the opportunity to hear ...

Intellectual Property and the TCA


Michael Hawkins, member of Law Society of England and Wales’ IP Committee, discusses the provisions on intellectual property in the EU-UK TCA.

Parliamentary scrutiny of the EU-UK agreement: committee discussions heading towards ratification


On 24 December 2020, the UK and EU reached an agreement on the Trade and Co-Operation Agreement (TCA) setting out their future relationship. This has now been provisionally applied by both parties from 1 January 2021. The provisional application is scheduled to remain in effect until 28 February 2021 or ...

Recognition and enforcement of UK judgments in civil and commercial matters in the EU - après 1 January, le deluge?


On 1 January 2021 both Brussels Ia Regulation and Lugano Convention have ceased to be applicable in the UK. While the Brussels Ia Regulation is lost to the UK, there is still the possibility of acceding the Lugano Convention. The UK has deposited its request of accession on 8 April ...

Recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters in the UK jurisdictions


This article aims to provide information on the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters in the UK jurisdictions. One of the consequences of Brexit is that the Brussels I Regulation and the Lugano Convention are no longer available to assist with the near-automatic recognition and enforcement ...

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