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    Law Society of England and Wales publishes its guidance on the end of the transition period


    Law Society of England and Wales has published its guidance on the preparation for the end of the transition period.

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    CJEU invalidates EU-US Privacy Shield in landmark judgment on data transfers


    On 16 July, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered its long awaited judgment on the validity of personal data transfers outside of the EU. The Court did not declare invalid the Decision 2010/87/EU on standard contractual clauses (SCCs). However, it invalidated the Commission Decision 2016/1250 on ...

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    Germany takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU


    On 1 July, Germany took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the coming six months. It took over from Croatia whose bulk of the Presidency fell into the Covid-19 crisis and several month lockdowns throughout the EU.

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    Commission loses State Aid case against Apple


    The Commission suffered a legal setback on Wednesday 15th July when the General Court of the European Union annulled the 2016 decision against Apple over its Irish tax affairs. In its ruling, the General Court held that the Commission did not succeed “in showing to the requisite legal standard that ...

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    The Commission adopts the White Paper on Foreign Subsidies


    On the 17th June the EU Commission published a White Paper on foreign subsidies, aimed at dealing with the distortive effects caused by lack of level competition. This was a priority of Margrethe Vestager when she re-took office in the Commission of Van der Leyen. The Commission consultation is open ...

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    Negotiations on the EU Transparency Register resume


    Following the 16 June political meeting between the Commission, Parliament and Council, the negotiations on the new inter-institutional agreement (IIA) resumed and will continue over the summer. The IIA is the instrument that regulates the operation of the EU Transparency Register.

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    Brexit and its effect on trade


    Daniel Dalton, CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, gives his views on current topics including diversity, coronavirus and the Brexit transition period.

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    Commission launches a public consultation on the Digital Services Act


    The Commission launched a public consultation to identify issues that may require intervention through the proposed Digital Services Act (DSA). The consultation also aims to identify additional topics related to the environment of digital services and online platforms, which will be further analysed in view of possible upcoming initiatives, ...

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    Agreement on the proposals on taking evidence and on service of documents in civil and commercial matters


    On 30 June European Parliament and European Council negotiators reached an agreement on two proposed pieces of legislation on taking evidence and on service of documents in civil and commercial matters. The aim of the new legislation is to make judicial cross-border cooperation between national courts more efficient through digitalisation. ...

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    June case law digest


    This month the CJEU has taken cases involving the provision of free samples of pain gel and who can provide these samples, a case involving the Slovak regulatory authority, whether animal protection directives applied in a case involving the capture of a wild wolf, transparency laws in Hungary and whether ...

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    6 months to go: Brexit and legal services


    With formal confirmation that the transitional period will not be extended under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, it now appears very likely that the future relationship with the EU will commence from the 1st January 2021. This decision immediately preceded the meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European ...

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    Get involved in the Brussels Advisory Group


    The Law Societies exists to represent, promote and support UK lawyers throughout their career. We also fulfil, on behalf of the solicitor profession, an important public interest role. The Brussels Office of the UK Law Societies continues to be guided by members, with input sought through a number of ...

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    The EU confirms option to defer DAC 6 reporting obligations


    On 24 June, the EU Council announced that it had adopted by written procedure an amending directive to DAC 6 providing an optional six-month delay to the reporting deadlines due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. This follows European Parliament approval received on 19 June. The ...

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    COVID-19 — the UK’s Legislative Response - Michael Clancy


    Michael Clancy, Director of Law Reform at the Law Society of Scotland, explores legislative responses to the pandemic in each UK jurisdiction as well as in the EU. He also details the work of the Society in response to the crisis.

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    Case Law Digest - May 2020


    The overview of the most important cases from the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in May.

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    Impact of COVID-19 on European Justice Systems - Philip Buisseret


    Philip Buisseret, Secretary General of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on justice systems across the EU and what needs to be done now to address these challenges.

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    Our New Life in Justice: A Look at How Institutions in the Justice Sector Plan to Emerge from Lockdown - Jonathan Goldsmith


    Jonathan Goldsmith, Council Member for EU matters at the Law Society of England and Wales, explores what some justice institutions in the UK and EU are doing to prepare for an emergence from lockdown.

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    Analysis: The German Federal Constitutional Court’s Judgment on the ECB’s Public Sector Purchase Programme – A Blow to the EU or Much Ado About Nothing? - Prof Fausto Pocar


    A recent judgment from the German Federal Constitutional Court has raised a lively debate among European lawyers about its impact on the distribution of competences between the EU and its Member States and the manner in which these are determined and overseen. The case centred around whether the ECB’s flagship ...

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    UK Government publishes draft legal text for UK-EU free trade agreement


    The UK Government published on 19 May the draft legal text for the future relationship with the EU. As expected, it contains a number of significant differences from the EU draft legal text published at the end of February. The Brussels Office will continue to monitor the reaction, including during ...

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    Supporting the Profession Through Covid-19: Law Society of Northern Ireland


    Rowan White, President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, gives his perspective on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the justice sector, the society and economy as a whole. The pandemic, he writes, ’has brought considerable turbulence to our daily lives and the functioning of the global economy. ...