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Clear pictures emerge from Brexit workshop

Gloucestershire businesses gained some clarity over their legal obligations following Brexit at a workshop run by Cheltenham law firm, Willans LLP.

More than 30 county decision-makers and executives were briefed on the employment, commercial and data protection law implications of Brexit, at the workshop at Cheltenham's Manor by the Lake.

Commercial lawyers from both Willans and Cheltenham-based Wynne-Jones IP answered questions on tricky topics such as commercial agreements, commercial property and intellectual property post-Brexit, along with the new rules for EEA workers in this country and compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations after 29th March.

Guests from firms including Brewin Dolphin, Cotteswold Dairy, Lillian Faithful Homes and Kohler Co, enjoyed networking and lunch after the briefing session.

Emma Smales, senior staff attorney at Kohler Co, said: "It was a thoroughly informative and pragmatic guide to issues that businesses need to address in the face of Brexit.I'll certainly take away and implement some of the more practical elements discussed in the seminar."

Partner Matthew Clayton, speaker and head of Willans' employment law team, said: "Politically there's little certainty over what's about to happen in the coming weeks, but fortunately the law provides some welcome clarity for businesses on the practical legal implications of Britain no longer being in the EU, when or indeed if Brexit happens. Knowing their obligations in terms of employment, commercial and data protection law in the possible scenarios gives businesses a little more confidence, at a time when this is in short supply."

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