Regulatory reform

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Although the UK is already widely regarded as an open and business-friendly economy, the UK Government is keen to build on that reputation, particularly following Brexit. Meanwhile, regulatory developments in the EU and elsewhere continue to have an impact on cross-border business activities. This page brings together all our latest materials on regulatory reform across all the areas on which we advise.  Use the search facility below to filter by reference to your areas of interest.

Note: this page is not intended to provide an exhaustive list of developments relating to regulatory reform.

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UK Government confirms significant Competition law reform: but when will the bark be followed by bite?

Following lengthy debate, the Government has published details of the way in which it will reform the UK competition law landscape. However, with many aspects requiring legislative change, it is as yet unclear when these will be given teeth. Our briefing discusses the key changes to the merger, markets and competition law regimes. We will comment separately on the overhaul of the consumer law regime.

Changes to right to work checks

All employers must conduct right to work checks to ensure their employees have the right to work lawfully in the UK. Employers who fail to do so face potential fines and, in some cases, criminal liability. Checks must be conducted on recruitment for all employees before the individual starts work. Follow-up checks must also be conducted for employees on visas shortly before the visa is due to end.

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