Brexit negotiations continue but, as the Phase 1 joint statement emphasised, ‘nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’.

The decisions that are yet to be made will have a profound legal and economic effect on businesses and individuals alike, as the UK seeks to forge a new relationship with the EU from 31 January 2020, through any subsequent transition period, and beyond

The future of industries, employers, employees, EU citizens living in the UK, and UK citizens resident in the EU are at stake. Our Brexit team will monitor developments as they happen and guide you through the implications.

We will assess the potential impact on business sectors and individuals regarding changes to regulations, immigration rules, dispute resolution and more; as well as providing practical legal advice in response.

Buckles Solicitors’ offices in Paris and Milan, together with our strategic alliance with CastaldiPartners, provides invaluable legal expertise from an EU viewpoint to offer a unique Brexit insight.

You can find out more on the issues that are important to you below. Plus, you can read our take on the latest news from Brussels and Westminster, as negotiations continue, via our Brexit blog.

Business Brexit

Many businesses are already making Brexit preparations and contingency plans. It is important for organisations to assess how potential changes may impact upon their contracts, investment strategies and business plans.

Among the issues for consideration are data protection and GDPR, competition law and adding relevant Brexit-ready clauses to contracts.

Any eventual trade deal between the UK and EU will have to set out new trading rules if, as expected, the UK leaves the single market and customs union.

Buckles’ Company Commercial team is available to assist your business to meet the challenges and maximise the opportunities that Brexit will bring. You can find our latest Brexit blog here

Employment Brexit

A great deal of UK employment law stems from the EU and, therefore, Brexit is likely to have a significant impact. The Withdrawal Bill seeks to incorporate existing EU law into UK law whilst providing the opportunity to change or discard some regulations.

Areas of employment law that may be subject to change include the working time directive, pay, agency working, discrimination and redundancy.

The outcome of Brexit could have significant implications for immigration and the free movement of labour across borders, particularly for sectors that rely heavily on migrant workers.

Buckles’ Employment team will be delighted to advise HR teams and business owners in tackling issues presented by Brexit. You can find our latest Brexit blog here.

Regulations Brexit

It is widely anticipated that Brexit will lead to regulatory changes that will affect organisations across a range of industries. The extent to which this happens will largely depend on the trading relationship model that is adopted in any final deal and the extent to which the UK aligns itself with EU regulations.

These include environmental, animal welfare, food safety, and Health and Safety legislation.

New regimes in these areas could impact upon, for example, supply chains and codes of practice, and businesses will need to ensure that they are compliant with any changes ahead.

Buckles’ Company Commercial team is available to assist in these matters. You can find our latest Brexit blog here.

Disputes Brexit 

The UK intends to leave the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) following Brexit and seeks to establish a new dispute resolution mechanism. The enforcement of judgments overseas is likely to change dramatically.

The agreement reached at the end of Phase 1 of Brexit negotiations states that British courts must pay ‘due regard’ to the decisions of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) indefinitely and that they can refer questions of interpretation to the ECJ for a period of eight years after Brexit.

Arrangements regarding citizens’ rights will apply to anyone who takes up residence before 29th March 2019. EU citizens resident in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU will have the right to remain, and the rights of their children and partners in ‘durable relationships’ are guaranteed.

The role of the ECJ and any alternative mechanism that may replace it in the UK has proved to be contentious and is yet to be fully resolved.

Buckles’ Dispute Resolution team is on hand to advise as the situation develops and the post-Brexit blueprint becomes clearer. See our latest Brexit blog.