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Employment Update – July 2016

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The fact that the UK has voted to leave the EU raises fundamental questions regarding the current laws and regulations which will affect all areas of law, not just employment law. For dental practices and small businesses it has never been so important to have a friendly solicitor at the end of the phone so you are kept aware of the changes. It is not the job of a dental practice owner or manager to know the ins and outs of what (if any) changes are on the horizon, however you can rely on the solicitors who are legally trained to keep you aware of the changes.

With apparently two years from the trigger of Article 50 there is much for the UK government to consider in respect of what the law at the date of exit will be. It will of course, depend on the extent to which the UK government decides that existing EU legislation should no longer form part of English law once the UK has left the EU.


Which way the UK government takes us is yet to be decided, and FTA Law will continue to keep you updated.

It may decide to adopt the model used by a number of former British colonies on independence: that is, the law will not change retrospectively. This would mean that existing EU Regulations (and implemented Directives) would remain unless and until replaced. This certainly would be the straightforward solution, but it would not mean that there would be no change to the law at all.

Another option would be for the UK government to prepare legislation in particular areas to replace specific EU legislation at or shortly after Brexit. Given the pervasive nature of EU legislation (and the fact that some of it forms part of UK primary and secondary legislation by means of the implementation of EU Directives, such as the Data Protection Act 1998), it seems unlikely that the UK government would simply repeal any part of English law that originated from the EU without giving any thought as to its replacement, as this would create significant uncertainty.

The team at FTA Law provides advice to clients across the commercial and healthcare sectors with many of our instructions coming from referrals from long standing clients and industry contacts.

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