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    Private International Law - Key Features and Responsible Institutions

    2021-02-23T13:57:00Z

    As the UK repositions itself on the international stage in the wake of Brexit, private international law has become a topic of discussion for many British lawyers. In this article, we examine the key elements of this important branch of law and take a look at some of its prominent ...

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    Arbitration in Scotland by Brandon Malone, Chair, Scottish Arbitration Centre

    2021-02-18T11:06:00Z

    Brandon Malone, Solicitor Advocate and Arbitrator provides a detailed analysis of the Scottish arbitration system, the modern regime and looks ahead to Edinburgh’s Scottish Arbitration Centre playing host to the XXVth Congress of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration. 

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    What is mediation? by Lubna Shuja, Deputy Vice President, Law Society of England and Wales

    2021-02-18T11:03:00Z

    Mediation is a very cost effective way of resolving a legal dispute. In the UK mediation has become an essential part of the litigation process and has many benefits for both clients and their lawyers. But what is it? Lubna Shuja, Deputy Vice President, Law Society of England and Wales ...

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    Governing law, enforcement of judgments and jurisdiction post Brexit – where are we now? by Anna Pertoldi

    2021-02-18T10:58:00Z

    Anna Pertoldi, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and Member of the Private International Law Working Group provides a summary of the recent Law Society webinar (attended by over 200 people) on the enforcement of judgments and jurisdiction post-Brexit.

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    EU member states agree on their text of the ePrivacy Regulation

    2021-02-12T13:30:00Z

    After four years of negotiations, the EU member state ministers agreed on their version of the text of the proposals for the ePrivacy Regulation. Proposed by the Commission in 2017, the draft regulation has been subject to long and difficult negotiations.

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    Four questions to CCBE President Margarete von Galen

    2021-02-12T10:57:00Z

    In this special feature, the new President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies (CCBE) describes her priorities of her Presidency which include the rule of law, the EU initiatives relating to the fight against money laundering and their impact on citizens’ rights, the challenges brought by the digitalisation ...

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    UK Government Guidance on the EU-UK TCA

    2021-02-04T13:33:00Z

    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 ...

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    European Commission Guidance on the UK-EU relationship

    2021-02-04T13:30:00Z

    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 ...

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

    2021-02-04T13:26:00Z

    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 ...

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

    2021-02-02T11:57:00Z

    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. 

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    Intellectual Property and the TCA

    2021-01-25T10:03:00Z

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

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

    2021-01-22T11:58:00Z

    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 ...

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

    2021-01-21T11:37:00Z

    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 ...

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

    2021-01-20T13:48:00Z

    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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    A gift-box with disappointing contents by Jonathan Goldsmith

    2021-01-15T09:50:00Z

    The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) – the Brexit free trade agreement, finalised just before Christmas 2020 – gives a shiny gift-box to lawyers. But, on opening it, we find that the size and wrapping have deceived us as to what is inside.

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    From conflict to consensus: the combative journey of the EU budget

    2020-12-16T14:56:00Z

    As many readers may recall, the EU budget for the period 2021 – 2027 was provisionally agreed between the 27 EU leaders at the European Council summit held on 21 July 2020.

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    EU reaches agreement on the mandatory Transparency Register

    2020-12-16T11:12:00Z

    On 15 December, the Council, Commisssion and Parliament reached a final political agreement on the mandatory Transparency Register. During the press conference, the representatives of the three institutions, Katarina Barley, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Danuta Huebner, Michael Roth, German Presidency and Vera Jourova, Vice-President of the European Commission in ...

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    Commission announces Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

    2020-12-15T16:20:00Z

    Source: EC - Audiovisual Service (c) European Union, 2020 Read-out of the weekly meeting of the von der Leyen Commission by Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, and Thierry Breton, European Commissioner, on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act On ...

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    UK-EU FTA Negotiations: talks continue but progress is limited

    2020-12-15T10:41:00Z

    Despite initial timeframes earmarking October as the latest date by which a deal could be agreed, UK-EU negotiations are continuing with Christmas now almost upon us. The latest ‘deadline’ was Sunday 13 December, but both sides have agreed to continue talking, raising hope that a deal can still be reached ...

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    Case law digest - November & December

    2020-12-14T16:38:00Z

    A selection of important Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) cases decided in November and December 2020.