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Laurence advises clients in regulated sectors, particularly FCA-authorised firms, charities, education sector bodies, sports industry companies and PLCs, on a range of commercial and compliance matters. These include sales and sourcing agreements, joint ventures and collaborative working, public procurement and state aid, funding agreements and constitutional arrangements, all of which are affected by constant regulatory updates.
He also advises on corporate finance matters such as capital raisings and public takeovers.
"Takes time to understand the client’s business." - Legal 500, 2013
“This is an important deal for South Yorkshire and safeguards the future of one of England’s grandest homes following years of uncertainty and decline. We are delighted to have been involved in helping WWPT complete this purchase, particularly as it represents such a key milestone in the long history of the house and is vital in moving forward the future redevelopment of Wentworth Woodhouse.”
Right from the vote we’ve been advising clients to hedge their risks and not take big commercial bets until the shape of Brexit starts to emerge. Anything which diminishes the uncertainty is really positive. Even though there is still a way to go, triggering Article 50 should start to make the game become clearer which is immeasurably helpful for businesses.
Businesses should prepare for the unexpected now that the Supreme Court has set the government on course for a Brexit parliamentary vote. Although the Government seems confident they will be able to push ahead as planned, there could still be unexpected hurdles to overcome if the vote doesn’t go their way.
If the vote goes the Government’s way, with all to play for in the negotiations with Brussels, businesses and industry sectors should prioritise getting their voices heard. The financial and automotive sectors will be a priority for Theresa May’s administration; for others, now is the time to engage with ministers and civil servants. Individual companies will be making operational plans already but stakeholder engagement is also important and being aware of the priorities of shareholders, customers and employees will support future relationships.
“The announcement of a further legal challenge adds another layer of complexity to Brexit negotiations and is a further obstacle that must be overcome before Article 50 can be issued.
“The legal challenge could potentially change the nature of the parliamentary vote on Brexit, which could now have to include a vote on whether to stay in the EEA single market in addition to a vote on whether to leave the EU. However, this all depends on the success or failure of the Supreme Court appeal which will begin next week.
“The single market allows the tariff-free movement of goods, services, money and people within the EU and any potential decision would be critical for businesses up and down the UK. A ruling would help determine future investment decisions and would provide some much needed clarity against the current backdrop of confusion.
“Currently the only certainty is that the legal process around Brexit will directly affect the economy and we can expect controversy and heated political debate for the rest of the year and beyond.”
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