Government publishes further competition Brexit legislation amending its original Regulations on competition law in order to address the issue of EU commitments relating to the UK

On 10 September 2019 the UK Government published the text of a second Competition Brexit SI, the Competition (Amendment etc.)(EU Exit)(No2) Regulations 2019 (the new Regulations) which make a number of changes to the  original Competition (Amendment etc.)(EU Exit) Regulation 2019 (the principal Regulations).  The principal Regulations are discussed in an earlier blog post here. … Read more

Updated Brexit Legal Guide launched

Today our updated Brexit Legal Guide was released. Below is a message from our Chair and Senior Partner James Palmer which accompanied the updated guide. Dear clients and professional colleagues, The outcome of the June 2016 UK referendum on EU membership ushered in a period of increasing political turmoil in the UK. When I wrote … Read more

Impact of a no-deal Brexit for merger control

In light of the recent Brexit developments in the UK a no-deal Brexit is increasingly looking like a possibility. This will have very significant implications for parties involved in M&A transactions. This is because, without a deal, the EU merger control regime will immediately cease to apply in the UK. Read more

11 weeks to Brexit: updated Brexit Legal Guide

Without an intervening event, the UK will withdraw from the EU at 11pm on 29 March 2019.   Otherwise much remains unknown. The negotiated withdrawal deal comprising a legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and non-binding Political Declaration is facing significant opposition in the UK and will not be submitted for parliamentary approval until next week. Without a … Read more

Five months to Brexit: avoiding a “no deal” crisis

Paul Butcher and Tom Henderson have published an article in FERMA/AIRMIC’s joint Brexit Newsletter advising risk management professionals of some of the key matters that they will need to consider to prevent a Brexit-related “no deal” crisis. Given it remains uncertain whether the UK will enter a transitional arrangement with the EU lasting until end … Read more

The UK competition regime under a no-deal Brexit scenario

On 30 October 2018 the Government published a draft SI amending current UK competition legislation where necessary in order to make the legislation suitable in a no-deal Brexit scenario. The Competition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (The Regulations) provide for changes to the following legislation: The Competition Act 1998 and secondary legislation issued under … Read more