Free Legal Clinic Launches to Support Businesses With EU Exit Issues

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A new service has launched to provide businesses across West and North Yorkshire with free guidance on legal matters related to the UK’s exit from the EU. Delivered by Squire Patton Boggs on behalf of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) and York, North Yorkshire LEP, the EU Exit Legal Clinic will be open to all businesses, particularly small and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) involved in international trade or part of international supply chains.

Specialists from Squire Patton Boggs will be available to offer one-to-one expert guidance on legal matters, covering a range of areas, such as contracts and other legal agreements, data protection, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, employment law, tax, state aid and competition, as well as other legal issues requiring specific, bespoke advice.

Roger Marsh OBE, DL, Chair of Leeds City Region Partnership (the LEP) and NP11 said: “As a LEP, we’re doing all we can to make the EU transition as smooth of possible for businesses and help them to make the most of new opportunities.

“I am delighted to work with York and North Yorkshire LEP to provide free legal information and guidance to businesses across West and North Yorkshire.

"Squire Patton Boggs are knowledgeable, well-connected experts, and I’d encourage all eligible businesses to get in touch to discuss any Brexit-related legal issues”.

To check if you are eligible, email Enquiries for the Legal Clinic can be made up until 31 March 2021.

John Alderton, office managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Leeds, said: “We are delighted to work with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and LEPs to launch the EU Exit Legal Clinic. For many years, we have supported clients through legal and political change and with a team that includes sitting members of the UK Parliament, former World Trade Organization officials and members of the European Parliament, we are well-placed to guide businesses through the uncertainty and help them develop effective strategies to address and manage change.”

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