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Practical Law + Westlaw Edge: A combination of expert Brexit insights with intuitive research tools

Navigating beyond Brexit

The transition period has ended. Many questions remain. The new body of retained EU law has now been created, the remaining withdrawal agreement provisions have come into operation, and the future relationship agreements (including the UK-EU trade and co-operation agreement) have started to apply on a provisional basis. Legal professionals will have to make sense of this for their clients while keeping track of the new regulatory framework as it develops.

Advise clients confidently and mitigate the high-impact risks surrounding the post transition period with the most current and high-quality insight possible.

With the unique combination of Practical Law and Westlaw Edge, you can get up to speed quickly and stay ahead of the game.


Discover our Legislation Compare Tool and UK-EU Divergence Tracker


Beyond Brexit: Practical implications for businesses

Navigating this complex and ever-changing landscape with confidence and efficiency. Join this webinar for a practical discussion on the implications of Brexit and how businesses can successfully stay on top of upcoming changes:

  • Issues the UK-EU legal landscape raises for businesses
  • Tips on staying current given the ongoing uncertainty
  • Managing risks and optimising opportunities in a post-transition world

How Practical Law and Westlaw Edge together can prepare you for divergence from EU law

Example scenario:  A food producer is thinking of branching out into spirits, and has plans for a cider brandy distillery based in Somerset. They need to know what the regime on geographical indications is looking like now that the transition period ended on 31 December 2020 for UK brands; this was previously governed by a number of directly applicable EU regulations.

Separately, they are exploring setting up a distribution centre in the EU as a base for marketing their other products, and want to know more about establishing a company in France.

New geographical indications regime

Start with a search in Practical Law for the new “geographical indications” (GI) regime after the end of the Brexit transition period.

The first resource listed in Practical Law search results "geographical indications and brexit" is spot on.

Know-how on the new regime

This Practice note explains that there is a new national GI regime as of 1 January 2021 for newly created GIs. The detail is set out in the statutory instrument (SI): the Agricultural Products, Food and Drink (Amendments etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (2020/1637), made on 29 December 2020.

With the practice note open, click the “Related Content” button to navigate to the Brexit statutory instruments tracker. The Practice note also states that the UK and EU were unable to agree a future scheme of protection for GIs (not including the existing stock of GIs registered in the EU by the end of 2020 and therefore protected in the UK through the withdrawal agreement). Title V of the UK-EU Trade and co-operation agreement merely states that the parties may jointly use reasonable endeavours to agree rules for the protection and effective domestic enforcement of their GIs.

Status of Brexit Statutory Instruments tracker

Use Practical Law’s Brexit statutory instruments tracker to locate the Agricultural Products, Food and Drink (Amendments etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (2020/1637) in the Intellectual Property section.

You can see the statutory instrument's status in the Parliamentary procedure column, together with a link to the legal update and a brief summary.

Westlaw UK Brexit legislation

How to navigate Brexit legislation on Westlaw Edge UK.

To see how the existing spirits regime looks like now the transition period has ended, click on Regulation 17, which amends EU Regulation 110/2008.

Open Article 1 in the text of regulation 17.

Westlaw UK retained EU legislation

In the Article 1 text, click Version 2 shows the law in force and how the UK government has introduced changes that came into effect at the end of the transition period.

Compare versions

Highlight amendment changes between two versions

Use the Compare versions button located above the timeline to show highlighted amendment changes between two versions.

UK/EU Divergence

After seeing how the latest changes have been implemented into UK legislation you need to understand how the law has diverged in the EU in order to comply with their regulations ahead of expanding your business into France.

When slecting versions, click on the UK/EU Divergence button located above the “Compare versions” button in any retained EU provision to compare the UK changes with the equivalent EU law by selecting “UK Prospective Law” and the “EU version.”

A side by side view of selected versions from both 2008 and 2020.

Incorporating a company in France

Lastly, you return to Practical Law to gather information on setting up a distribution centre in France.

An image of the resources for France in Practical Law

Visit the Practical Law Global homepage and click on France.

Formation of Business Entities materials

A toolkit for the choice of business vehicle in France

From the France country page, click the Formation of Business Entities collection to review materials on choosing a business structure in France.

A powerful combination: 

Practical Law and Westlaw Edge

Start faster

Get a jumpstart with Practical Law Toolkits to find relevant documents across legal topics. Understand quickly how the law affects you, your organisation, and the industry at different points in time with Westlaw Edge.

Understand the issue

Quickly get familiar with a new topic or matter using how-to-guides and Practice Notes. Stay ahead of regulatory change, close out case research more effectively and confidently navigate legal divergence with the EU.

Proceed confidently

Save time drafting documents using up-to-date Standard Documents and Clauses on Practical Law. Move away from manual checking, so you can focus on the work that matters most with Westlaw Edge.

Get free access to the tools you need to navigate for EU Divergence

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