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    State aid law post-Brexit

    2017-11-03T10:30:00Z

    The Brexit journey is underway and there will be plenty of twists in the tale ahead. After all, no country has ever left the EU before. The UK’s legal landscape post-Brexit could get quite a shake-up, with all laws derived from the European Union potentially being subject to change. One ...

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    Brexit is about regulation

    2017-10-30T13:41:00Z

    The British Prime Minister’ s speech in Florence was aimed at rebuilding bridges with the European Union after three unsuccessful Brexit negotiating rounds, while at the same time trying to unite her deeply divided cabinet. Theresa May called for a transitional period; made a concrete financial offer; softened her ...

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    GDPR – Plan, don’t panic

    2017-10-20T10:58:00Z

    Tim Musson, Convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s Privacy Law Committee, explains why the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is all-important for law firms.

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    I have arrived in Brussels!

    2017-10-20T08:37:00Z

    Tamasin Dorosti, trainee solicitor on secondment to the Brussels Office shares experiences of her first month in the capital. 

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    Criticism towards EU proposals on transparency rules for tax intermediaries

    2017-10-17T10:44:00Z

    In June 2017, the European Commission published a proposal for new transparency rules for intermediaries that design or sell potentially harmful tax schemes. The proposed rules come at a time of heightened EU activity in the area of tax and transparency, with public support growing in Europe for actions taken ...

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    Brexit adds to local uncertainty – A plea for engagement

    2017-10-13T13:43:00Z

    The President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, Ian Huddleston has said that: “Brexit in whatever form it ultimately takes, is likely to be a further disruptor, at least in the short term and as a result will make life messier not just for the legal profession, but for ...

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    Shining a light on the dark side of the Internet: the spread of fake news and legal responses

    2017-10-11T10:00:00Z

    On 6 September Tamasin Dorosti, one of the trainee solicitors on secondment at our office and Peter Boyle, our intern attended the European Parliament for two separate events on “fake news”. They have provided a combined analysis of both events and whilst each consisted of a different panel they both ...

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    Commission proposes oversight of foreign investment in the EU

    2017-10-04T16:06:00Z

    Within Jean-Claude Juncker’s state of the union speech on 13 September, the President of the European Commission announced the creation of a new EU framework for foreign investment screening.

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    New Council representation for international Scottish solicitors and solicitor advocates

    2017-09-25T12:19:00Z

    Two brand new seats on the Law Society of Scotland Council have been filled by a Scottish solicitor working in Brussels and a solicitor advocate based in Fife.The addition of the new co-opted seats was approved at the Society’s AGM in May of this year, with the aim of better ...

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    Transitional deal will help ease shock of Brexit

    2017-09-22T16:08:00Z

    News the UK Government is to push for a transitional deal for the two years after Britain leaves the EU was today welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales.

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    Frictionless trade

    2017-09-21T16:21:00Z

    The term “frictionless trade” is familiar to many by now, thanks in part to government ministers, officals, and the EU Commission, all of whom have been repeating the phrase in speeches and press releases on Brexit over the past few months.

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    The Multilateral Investment Court: a plausible attempt at reform, or cosmetic changes only?

    2017-09-21T15:31:00Z

    Since 2015, the European Commission has worked on the establishment of a Multilateral Investment Court which would have a permanent international body with the power to settle investment disputes between investors and states. This would replace in whole or part the current system of Investor State Dispute Settlement (“ISDS”) found ...

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    Chlorinated Chicken: Crying foul over a UK-US trade deal?

    2017-09-21T08:55:00Z

    Chlorine washed chicken is back in the news; as the UK casts around to find trade partners to replace the EU post-Brexit, some commentators are expressing doubts that the UK would be able to retain the same degree of consumer protection vis a vis foreign imports, when no longer ...

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    A few words from Graham Matthews, President of the Law Society of Scotland

    2017-09-21T08:41:00Z

    In this month’s viewpoint, the current President of the Law Society of Scotland, Graham Matthews, shares his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the professions during his term.

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    The First Annual Joint Review of the EU-US Privacy Shield

    2017-09-18T17:10:00Z

    The EU-US Privacy Shield is an agreement which allows for the transfer of personal data between the EU and US. These transfers of data can occur when you buy goods or services online, use social media, cloud storage or in the case of employees of an EU-based company that uses ...

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    Criminal justice co-operation vital post-Brexit

    2017-09-18T16:15:00Z

    Responding to the release of the government’s paper on criminal justice and security co-operation following Brexit, Law Society of England and Wales vice president Christina Blacklaws said:

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    Statement of intent on new UK data protection laws published

    2017-09-13T17:26:00Z

    In a 30 page statement of intent , the Government set out its plans for a new data protection bill, which is yet to be introduced to Parliament. The planned legislation is set to follow the General Data Protection Regulation , which comes into effect on 25 May 2018, when ...

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    EU Withdrawal Bill risks legislative competence of Scottish Parliament

    2017-09-06T10:48:00Z

    The Law Society of Scotland has raised a series of concerns in advance of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill’s second reading at Westminster on Thursday, 7 September.

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    Law Society of Scotland urges that rule of law and litigants be put at heart of Brexit talks on CJEU

    2017-08-31T12:44:00Z

    The Law Society of Scotland has said that it will be critically important for the UK Government and EU Commission to consider the needs of litigants with cases going before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) prior to Brexit.

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    Civil justice cooperation vital to post-Brexit relationship

    2017-08-22T12:53:00Z

    The release of the government’s proposals for civil justice cooperation with the EU post-Brexit is a step in the right direction, the Law Society of England and Wales said today.