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Brexit Blog launches with Brexit Q&A

As formal Brexit negotiations have now started, Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of its new Brexit Notes blog, where you will find articles and updates on the latest Brexit developments.   As well as reporting on … Continue reading

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The UK Government announces consultation on sanctions post-Brexit

The two year process of the UK's exit from the EU formally began on 29 March 2017 with notice being given under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union of the UK's intention to leave the EU. One … Continue reading

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Trade Post-Brexit: What would a hard Brexit mean for international trade?

The UK’s vote to leave the EU brings with it the possibility of so-called 'hard Brexit'. Business needs to understand what Britain leaving the EU without a smooth transition to a new framework might mean for cross-border trade both within … Continue reading

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Brexit – future UK trade relations with the EU and with third countries

As an EU member state the UK is currently part of the EU internal market, which is one of the most advanced trade areas in the world and has been developed and extended since 1951. Originally referred to as the … Continue reading

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High Court rules that the principle of non-justiciability, unlike state immunity, cannot be waived

In a recent judgment of 21 June 2016 on a number of summary judgment applications in the case of High Commissioner for Pakistan in the United Kingdom ("Pakistan") v National Westminster Bank (the "Bank"), the English High Court considered the … Continue reading

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UK Supreme Court: Secretary of State decision to remove the hold on an individual’s listing on the UN Security Council’s Consolidated List of members of Al Qaida and its associates was lawful.

This UK Supreme Court judgment signals the end of lengthy court proceedings concerning the legality of the decision of the UK's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (the Foreign Secretary) that led to the listing of an Egyptian … Continue reading

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UK’s ratification of ILO Forced Labour Protocol

On 22 January 2016, the United Kingdom ("UK") became the third member State of the International Labour Organisation ("ILO") to ratify a Protocol to the 1930 Forced Labour Convention ("Convention"), joining Norway and Niger. The Protocol updates the Convention to … Continue reading

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English High Court orders payment of $100m arbitral peremptory order, denying KRG claim to immunity

Summary In its recent judgment of 20 November 2015, the High Court of England and Wales (the "Court") enforced a US$100m peremptory order made in arbitral proceedings against the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. The judgment considers a number of … Continue reading

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English Court of Appeal confirms that the estate of a head of state who dies in office enjoys immunity only in respect of official acts

In the recent decision of Harb v HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz [2015] EWCA Civ 481, the English Court of Appeal (the Court) confirmed that the immunity afforded by the UK State Immunity Act 1978 (the … Continue reading

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The EU publishes amended guidance on financial sanctions

The Council of the European Union recently published a revised version of the EU Best Practices for the effective implementation of restrictive measures.  The guidance it contains provides some clarification of the many issues which arise in practice for both Member States … Continue reading

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