The end of the UK/EU transition period on 31 December 2020 and the conclusion of the parties’ Trade and Cooperation Agreement mark an end to the UK’s membership of the European Union’s internal market and customs union (other than in Northern Ireland) and the beginning of a new relationship between the UK and EU. 

The new relationship is not, and will not, be static. Businesses and individuals will be impacted both by the agreement and the future agreements for which it provides. Together these will result in significant and increasing legal divergences between the UK and the European Economic Area affecting all sectors of business activity as well as the rights and obligations of the parties’ nationals.

Since the EU Referendum in June 2016, we have used our in-depth knowledge, experience and contacts with key stakeholders in Brussels and London to assist our clients across most key sectors to navigate the many actual or potential challenges that may arise post-Brexit. Businesses and individuals need to be agile in developing a reflex as to the full impact of Brexit and now the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. As the UK and EU realign and work together in future, our cross-departmental Brexit working group is on hand to help you address the many diverse and uncertain legal, practical and strategic issues that may arise for you and your business.

Alongside this bespoke work, we will continue to give you access to insights which address both the general legal and public policy impact of how the UK and EU’s relationship develops in these times of significant change, and focused forensic analysis to help you get to the heart of what is important for you.

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