With the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, the EU legislation governing the EU trademark and design system ceased to apply to the UK. While Brexit trade deal talks were in full swing, the SPB Team worked through all administrative details to comply with the new Brexit requirements, which took effect on 1 January 2021. Reinhart Lange, Kerry Lee and Dr Sandra Mueller look at what this means in practice
On 24 December 2020, after intensive negotiations, the EU Commission reached a preliminary agreement with the UK on the terms of its future cooperation with the EU. The result of nine months of negotiations is a 1,246-page trade and cooperation agreement. The preliminary agreement consists of three parts, as outlined in detail in a press release as follows: A free trade agreement – a new economic and social partnership with the UK The agreement covers…
Join me on Monday 14th December when I will be in conversation with Paul Adamson, chairman of Forum Europe, editor of the online magazine Encompass and founder of the EU-UK Forum. He has been a prominent member of the Brussels policy community in a variety of guises for most of the UK’s period of membership of the EU. We will be discussing the developments from over the weekend and what happens next. Register here
On Monday 16 November 2020, the UK government published the Freeports Bidding Prospectus, formally opening the bidding process to establish what it hopes will be at least seven new Freeports across England. The devolved administrations will oversee their own bidding process for creating new Freeports in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Here we look at the six key tax reliefs in more depth.  …
The UK will leave the EU single market, Customs Union, and VAT and excise duty area on 31 December. From 1 January 2021, the UK will operate its own external border as a sovereign nation. Is your business ready for the looming deadline of Brexit?  Dealing with Brexit and the ongoing uncertainties about the COVID-19 pandemic, mean businesses and owners are in for a tough ride over the next few months, possibly much longer if…
With still no Withdrawal Agreement in place and eight weeks until the transition period ends, businesses should be planning now to ensure the continuity of EEA-UK data flows. Identifying affected intra-group, customer and vendor arrangements and preparing priority action plans is a crucial first step. Our guide prepared by Francesca Fellowes, Andrea Ward and Asel Ibraimova provides a checklist, due diligence questions and practical advice to help you navigate the process.…
Brexit threatens to have a significant impact on all UK businesses when they are importing and exporting goods and services from suppliers in the EU, as well as EU businesses when they are exporting goods and services to the UK. As such, all businesses (particularly manufacturers and retailers) need to consider the impact of Brexit both as a buyer of goods and services from suppliers in the EU and when they are selling goods and…
Personal data and its transfer over international boundaries hit the news in July 2020, yet again, as the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) handed down the Schrems II decision on data transfers reaffirming its strong backing for data protection rights.  In October, a CJEU ruling on UK (as well as French and Belgian) government surveillance regimes further shaped how policy-makers need to evaluate data protection arrangements.  Now Brexit is on the horizon and…
The UK will leave the EU VAT area at the end of the Transition period on 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021, there will be fundamental changes to the VAT treatment of goods arriving into Great Britain. The changes are intended to ensure that goods imported from EU and non-EU countries are all treated in the same way and that UK producers are not disadvantaged. However, the change means that any business that imports goods…
On Wednesday 7 October 2020, the UK government published the Response document to the Freeports Consultation that was originally launched in February 2020. With the UK simultaneously negotiating multiple new free trade agreements, freeports could make a significant contribution to making the UK’s post-Brexit economic and trade policy truly global. The creation of freeports is a flagship policy for the UK government. It touches on so many of the government’s core aims and objectives. At…