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Brexit: ‘Enemies Of The People’: Article 50 And The Judicial Response (Part 1)

Allan McMillan

The English High Court gave its decision last week in a landmark constitutional ruling which not only reinforced the notion of parliamentary democracy, but also in the process threw into doubt the timing and potentially the character, of “Brexit”. 

It was agreed between the parties in the case (and therefore was not ruled upon) that the triggering of Article 50(2), which commences the formal process for the UK’s departure from the EU, once commenced was potentially irreversible.  It was decided that this would lead to a loss of legal rights to citizens of the United Kingd

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"Bite-Size" Legal Predictions on Brexit And The Tech Sector (Part 2)

Callum Sinclair, Head of Technology

Thanks to all those who viewed Part 1 of my Brexit and the Tech Sector update (which you can find here).

As promised, this Part 2 covers impact of Brexit on existing and future contracts, and some typical clauses which could be affected.

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“Bite-Size” Legal Predictions On Brexit And The Tech Sector (Part 1)

  • The tech sector will not be heavily affected – there might be a bit of a slowdown whilst uncertainty endures, but the UK and US lead the world on tech innovation and that’s unlikely to change even if a few businesses do relocate (though there’s no evidence yet of that happening in numbers and I don’t believe it will). The tech community is generally very adaptable and agile.
  • Technology transformation and related projects opportunities are likely to arise from re-locating or restructuring of businesses or parts of them (e.g.

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Should We Bother With The New Data Protection Regulation After Brexit?

Ross McKenzie, Associate

It’s a good question to ask, and one more question to add to the many that we will have after the EU Referendum result.

As blogged about previously, the UK’s existing data protection framework is due to be replaced by a new European General Data Protection Regulation. The Regulation has a number of onerous changes which businesses will have to get to grips with. We have two years to get ready for the new law which is due to come into force in the UK on 25 May 2018.

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No rush to build a bonfire of workers’ rights after Brexit

Kerry Norval, Senior Solicitor

Substantial changes in employment law are not likely in the short-term, writes Kerry Norval

Now our initial ­personal reactions to Friday’s historical ‘Leave’ vote have subsided slightly, our thoughts turn to the future and the impact on our lives going forward. It is no surprise that one of the main concerns of business is gauging exactly what effect a withdrawal from the EU will mean – particularly in the field of immigration and employment.

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Brexit: Vote To Leave

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While there will be both market and political turbulence which will follow on from the EU Referendum result being to leave the EU, in our view it is important to bear the following points in mind:

  • A ‘Leave’ vote does not tell us anything about the arrangements with the EU that we will end up with. It doesn’t even tell us what the UK would seek in that respect. 
    • While examples of what others have achieved (in Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Canada) have been much quoted in the arguments made in the run up to the Referendum, they are no more than that.

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Potential Impacts of Brexit on Planning & Environmental Law and Practice

Craig Whelton, Planning

As the EU Referendum fast approaches, the Brexit debate is gathering pace.

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Brexit: What's the Impact for Private Clients?

Colin McKenzie

With the EU Referendum looming ever closer, many individuals are now being forced to consider how the vote will affect them.  The good news is that most individuals will not need to worry about the impact of the vote upon their inheritance or personal taxation matters.  A vote to leave is unlikely to have a major impact in these areas as they are largely regulated by UK law, with little, if any, EU influence.  The legal consequences in this area are limited, and largely affect only British citizens with foreign property.

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