We advise UK and international companies on the effect of trade law on their businesses and how they can fulfil their commercial objectives. We are particularly aware of the impact which Brexit is having on our clients.
We advise our clients on import and export issues so that our clients can plan ahead. Our clients are concerned with issues such as controls on the movement of goods in respect of rules of origin, compliance with the EU’s country of origin principle, product labelling and safety issues, and the customs duties which they can expect.
We also help our clients when issues have arisen as they buy or sell goods across international borders. In these situations we move swiftly to help our clients resolve issues before they become problems and penalties are incurred.
Following the seizure of its Chinese manufactured goods by the Italian customs authority, we assisted our FMCG client in understanding the consequences of the seizure and how it impacted our client’s commercial relationships with key UK and EU customers. We advised our client as to the position vis-à-vis action taken by the Italian customs authority and its communications with its key customers.
The CE mark is an EEA product certification mark indicating conformity with specific health, safety, and environmental protection standards. We advised our clients as to compliance with certain standards concerning personal protective equipment, medical devices, and machinery.
We advised our client in respect of the purchase of cement containing a hazardous substance from a supplier based in the EU in circumstances where the supplier had failed to properly register the cement under REACH (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006). Our advice encompassed the subsequent export and then proposed re-importation into the EU of the cement by our client as well as the issues and potential liabilities arising in respect of the purchase
We advised our client with challenging the seizure by the Belgian customs authority of goods imported from China following the application of the incorrect valuation assessment by the authority. We worked with our Belgian correspondent consultant in making a formal challenge against the action taken by the authority.
Sometimes it is necessary for the sale of dual use equipment to be routed via a third country. We advised on the proposed transiting through the UK of dual use equipment between two countries which do not have diplomatic relations with each other.
The sale of goods and supply of services can be affected where the customer is on a sanctions list. We advised our client on the renewal of a contact where the customer had been placed on a sanctions list after the contract was entered into but before it was renewed.
Can we obtain a CE or a UKCA marking for our goods?
A CE mark can be obtained but it is important to identify the correct EU Regulations and Directives that apply to your goods. A UK Conformity Assessed marking may also be needed after the end of the Brexit transition period and we can help.
Our goods have been laded in Marseille but have been stopped by French customs for trade mark infringement. Can you help as we need the goods in our EU distribution centre for supply to customers in the UK and EU without delay?
We often work with our overseas correspondent lawyers and customs consultants to obtain the release of goods stopped by customs and in identifying consequential contractual issues for our clients.
We believe that a recent court decision in Germany will act as a measure having equivalent effect to a quantitative restriction on trade. Can you help?
We can certainly help. However, the position may change after the end of the Brexit transition period.
We would like to transit dual use equipment via the UK. Can we do so?
Transiting dual use equipment via the UK is possible although the rules are complex. We can guide you through the maze.
We are concerned that a potential customer is on a sanctions list. Can you advise?
Sanctions lists are intended to control and, in some cases, prohibit doing business with certain companies and individuals. We can help you identify whether or not ether is a compliance issue for you.
Legal 500 2023
Chambers UK 2023
Chambers UK 2022