Can Brexit frustrate a lease? High Court says No Deal

March 6, 2019

London Real Estate Associate Ben Willis discusses the key practical points you need to know about Brexit and contractual termination and force majeure provisions following the High Court's judgment in the closely watched case of Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Limited and others v European Medicines Agency, which found that the European Medicines Agency remains bound by the terms of its lease of its London offices, notwithstanding Brexit.

Brexit, what do EU think?

March 6, 2019

With just weeks to go until Brexit, a deal remains elusive. Despite moves in the UK Parliament to avoid a no-deal Brexit, that remains the default outcome unless a deal or an extension is agreed with the EU and approved by Parliament.

The UK Government has published a report on no-deal preparedness, which highlights serious concerns about lack of preparation by businesses. It is more critical than ever for businesses to be doing what they can to mitigate the impact of a no-deal exit, and many clients are now stepping up planning and execution of these measures. The report also acknowledges that the Government's own preparations are behind schedule, with a substantial proportion of critical measures not yet completed.  

 Against that background, our podcast covers what preparations the EU27 Governments are making for a no-deal scenario and how industry is reacting.

 We also highlighted the key practical points you need to know about Brexit and contractual termination and force majeure provisions following the High Court's judgment in the closely watched case of Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Limited and others v European Medicines Agency, which found that the European Medicines Agency remains bound by the terms of its lease of its London offices, notwithstanding Brexit.

Brexit: what happens next?

February 5, 2019

The last week of January 2019 was a big week for Brexit. During our webinar we took stock and examined what the week's developments would mean for the process and for your business. We focused in on the mechanics of what happens next and the practical measures which can help your business adapt to the known unknowns ahead.

Brexit – will “no vote” mean “no deal”?

December 13, 2018

This episode was first recorded as a webinar on 12 December 2018.

The House of Commons' "meaningful vote" on the Brexit deal has been delayed, Theresa May returned to Brussels to seek further assurance on the Northern Ireland Backstop and is now facing a confidence vote from her party.

This makes the Brexit situation more uncertain than ever. This podcast unpicks the latest developments and explains what could happen next.

The only thing we know for certain is that, unless something changes, there will be a "no deal" Brexit on 29 March 2019. A potentially very challenging outcome for businesses.

We explore what needs to happen to avoid that, the process for Theresa May's deal to be secured and, alternatively, the rocky paths to a possible “no Brexit” or a new deal.

Listen in to hear more on the various possibilities and the legal mechanisms to execute them, to help you weigh up what it could mean for your business.

Brexit – What would life be like in the backstop?

December 12, 2018

This episode was first recorded as part of a webinar on 12 December 2018.

Hogan Lovells Trade Partner, Aline Doussin, gets you up to speed on the Northern Ireland backstop within the Brexit deal, what it means and the practicalities of how it could work. This short podcast should help you and your business get to grips with a subject causing some uncertainty in the market.

 

Practical data issues for business whether a Brexit deal or “no deal”

December 12, 2018

This episode was first recorded as part of a webinar on 12 December 2018.

Hogan Lovells Data Privacy Partner highlights some of the main data issues to consider whether we are faced with a Brexit deal or a "no deal" scenario. In just 5 minutes he takes you through the top line issues to be considering in relation to international data transfers and the role of the UK Information Commissioner.

What’s Brexit got to do with EU?

November 1, 2018

This episode was first recorded as a webinar on 2 July 2018.

The next few days may or may not be a turning point for Brexit negotiations. But whilst a "no deal" scenario is still on the cards, it is more critical than ever for businesses to be taking stock of Brexit's potential impact and preparing for the possibility that no deal is struck by the time the UK leaves the EU on 29 March. 

Brexit goes to the beach

July 4, 2018

This episode was first recorded as a webinar on 2 July 2018.

We take stock of the UK Government's efforts to define the post-Brexit world - domestically and internationally - before everyone heads for their summer holiday. 

The EU Withdrawal Bill, which has passed its last parliamentary hurdles, will be one of the most significant pieces of legislation in a generation. Transposing around 19,000 pieces of EU legislation into UK law, it will become a touchstone of the UK's legal system. The UK Government plans to make retained EU laws fit for a post-Brexit UK using around 1,000 statutory instruments to tweak the rules as they move onto the UK statute books. What will this 'storm' of secondary legislation mean for businesses? How can you prepare and protect yourself? The Brexit White Paper, expected after the 28-29 June EU Summit, is billed as the most comprehensive statement of UK Brexit policy since the referendum with detailed and precise explanations of the approach in a range of areas. What should you look out for? What's missing? 9 months to go with no prospect of a UK/EU deal being agreed before the EU Summit in October. It is not surprising that there is increasing focus on the risks of a no deal Brexit. What could that mean? Is "Armageddon" a real possibility? What should businesses be doing in practice?

Trading places: Brexit on the world trade scene

June 21, 2018

This episode was first broadcast as a webinar on 11 June 2018.

With the talks on the UK's future trading relationship with the EU finally underway, please join us to where we'll examine Brexit from the perspective of international trade law. We start in Brussels with an analysis of the UK Government's trade proposals, asking, for example, what is the difference between the UK Government's proposed 'customs partnership' and 'max fac' solutions and how would they work in practice for economic operators? We then head to Geneva, where the UK and EU negotiations with other WTO members about their post-Brexit commitments have faced criticism from other WTO members. And, after that, Washington where we look at the prospect of a post-Brexit US/UK trade agreement and consider what type of deal we might expect there. Finally, we talk you through some real-life scenarios and how changes in UK trade policy may affect businesses in different sectors at home and abroad.

The Brexit countdown

April 18, 2018

This episode was first broadcast as a webinar on 16 April 2017.

With less than a year until the EU and the UK legally part ways, there are still a lot of conversations to be had, decisions to be made and work to be done. We discuss what should be on your agenda for the coming months as we take stock of the year ahead and look at what areas you should be considering to ensure your business is ready for the changes to come. The focuses for this webinar were contract continuity and data.