Are you eligible for up to £2,000 of free legal advice on Brexit matters?

March 29, 2018

Brexit is scheduled to take place at 11pm on Friday 29th March 2019. This is the date that the UK with exit the EU.

Whilst it is clear that despite all the political discussions surrounding the potential landscape of a post-EU UK, there is considerable uncertainty as to what the future holds and the impact on businesses in Northern Ireland.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin was appointed as a service provider on the Brexit Advisory Service Provider Panel by Intertrade Ireland. Eligible businesses can receive a voucher towards Brexit advice on matters relating to the impacts of Brexit on cross border trade, procurement and business. The scheme provides up to £2,000 towards the cost of the advice.

Hilary Giffith, Head of the Corporate Team in Cleaver Fulton Rankin, comments:

“We are delighted to have been appointed as Brexit Service Provider. Whilst there is still great uncertainty as to what post-Brexit UK will look like and whether its impact will be positive or negative, Cleaver Fulton Rankin has a dedicated Brexit Team which includes experienced individuals from a range of practice areas who can provide invaluable legal support as businesses adapt to change, consider their existing arrangements and try to build a robust strategy during a period of uncertainty.”

One of these individuals is Michael Black who is Head of the Employment and Immigration Team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin. Michael recognises that many employers are concerned about the potential impact of Brexit particularly those employers in cross-border areas:

“The increasing number of queries from our clients in relation to cross-border movement of workers and various immigration issues surrounding Brexit has resulted in the firm forming a specialist Immigration Team to provide advice to organisations and individual clients particularly on citizenship or visas queries during this period of considerable change”.

Along with corporate, employment and immigration issues, the firm are receiving numerous queries in respect of cross-border procurement implications following Brexit. Cleaver Fulton Rankin has a highly regarded Procurement Team, headed by Director Lisa Boyd, who are described in Chambers 2018 as “helpful, efficient and responsive” and “on top of the detail, very concerned to get the right answer and are alive to the litigious nature of the procurement landscape in Northern Ireland.

As a long established Northern Ireland firm with a deep understanding of the local economy, Cleaver Fulton Rankin will be in prime position to advise business on the different impacts, planning for possible scenarios and dealing with outcomes of Brexit as they become a reality.

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This article has been produced for general information purposes and further advice should be sought from a professional advisor.