Brexit: What you need to know

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018: a guide to the key issues and what happens next

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Brexit is unique in its scope and complexity. It affects businesses across all sectors, yet no two businesses face precisely the same challenges; everything depends on the nature and footprint of their operations as well as those of their suppliers and customers.

To help organisations approaching the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit, Linklaters has established a global team of leading lawyers with expertise across diverse sectors.

We are continuously analysing the full range of Brexit-related risks and opportunities facing businesses and developing strategies to manage them effectively. Working in partnership with our clients, our team offers strategic and practical advice to help plan and shape an effective response to Brexit.

The UK will leave the EU in under

1

year

How can Linklaters help you prepare?

Our global team have assembled FAQs, insights and briefings on the implications of Brexit for your business and beyond.

Our Services

We have advised multiple corporates, global financial institutions and governments since before the referendum. This includes areas such as:

  • Strategic and operational planning for Brexit, including reorganisation or restructuring options for businesses
  • International trade law including impact on supply chains and services
  • Privacy and data protection regulatory implications
  • Contract hygiene and contract continuity
  • The impact on human resources
  • Current and future dispute resolution
  • State aid and other competition-related issues
  • Prospects for and implications of regulatory divergence, equivalence and mutual recognition – including in the financial sector

Toolkits and FAQs

Our range of toolkits and FAQs are designed to help structure your Brexit planning and identify areas of opportunity or risk.

For assistance or to discuss any Brexit related issues you may have, please get in touch with your usual Linklaters contact, or a member of our global Brexit team.

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Article 50 and the withdrawal process

With continued uncertainty around the withdrawal and possible transition period, keeping up to date with the latest developments is essential. Our guides provide insights on the latest developments.

For assistance or to discuss any Brexit related issues you may have, please get in touch with your usual Linklaters contact, or a member of our global Brexit team.

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Legal area commentary

Against a backdrop of growing uncertainty and complexity surrounding Brexit and the withdrawal process, our team have produced in-depth analysis on key legal, sector and jurisdictional issues.

For assistance or to discuss any Brexit related issues you may have, please get in touch with your usual Linklaters contact, or a member of our global Brexit team.

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Thought leadership

Our thought leadership pieces delve into the key issues and topics surrounding Brexit to bring you thought-provoking insights.

For assistance or to discuss any Brexit related issues you may have, please get in touch with your usual Linklaters contact, or a member of our global Brexit team.

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Explore our Resources

Toolkits and FAQs

Our range of toolkits and FAQs are designed to help structure your Brexit planning and identify areas of opportunity or risk.

  • General Counsel checklist: This checklist for General Counsels sets out actions your organisation may need to consider taking in response to Brexit.
  • Supply chain mapping toolkit: What are the key potential impacts of Brexit on trade and an organisation’s supply chain?
  • Brexit proofing contracts checklist: This document sets out some key considerations, common to most commercial contracts in the UK and the EU, to help parties mitigate Brexit-related risks and resulting uncertainties.
  • Brexit: the next stage – 12 questions answered (March 2017).

 

 

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Article 50 and the withdrawal process 

With continued uncertainty around the withdrawal and possible transition period, keeping up to date with the latest developments is essential. Our guides provide the latest insights.

Article 50, one year on

The 29th March marked one year since the UK triggered Article 50. We are 12 months in, with 12 months to go, what has been achieved in Brexit negotiations so far? Hear what our Brexit team think.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

The UK government has succeeded in passing the critical piece of legislation needed to prepare the UK’s legal system for its withdrawal from the EU. The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 aims to ensure that the UK will maintain a functioning legal framework even if there is no agreement with the EU. This will involve a massive overhaul of EU-derived regulation over the coming months. The Act also sets out a process for Parliament to vote on the outcome of the withdrawal negotiations.

This guide sets out the key areas of interest, its impact and what happens next in the EU Withdrawal process.

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Legal area commentary

Given the complexity surrounding Brexit and the withdrawal process, our team have developed in-depth analysis on key legal, sector and jurisdictional issues:

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The impact of Brexit in the loan markets

Our latest video highlights the potential changes being considered under loan documents and the areas to watch as the Brexit process continues to unfold.

Thought leadership

Our thought leadership pieces delve into the key issues and topics surrounding Brexit to bring you thought-provoking insights.

The Rule of Law

Whatever one’s views on the merits of Brexit, from the perspective of the rule of law it presents both a threat and an opportunity. Over the next few years, a huge amount of UK law will be changed, not least in respect of transposing EU legislation into UK law. The complexity of this task means that there also unprecedented political and commercial attention being paid the UK’s legal system. This task, and this attention, gives the UK the opportunity not only to change individual laws, but also to enhance the rule of law itself.

Read our Rule of Law report

 


The Architecture for Regulating Finance after Brexit

Linklaters and the International Regulatory Strategy Group have launched a report, "The Architecture for Regulating Finance after Brexit". The report, which builds on our previous report "The Great Repeal Bill Domesticating EU Law", outlines principles for an effective regulatory framework. It proposes reforms to the UK’s existing system of financial services regulation in light of changes in the responsibilities of the regulators and the government as rule-making processes are domesticated through the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Key Global Brexit Contacts

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