Workshop on ‘Brexit: Regulatory Challenges for Business Law’

10 May 2019 10.00am – 5.00pm University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU will result in far-reaching, significant consequences for the regulatory spheres of both the UK and the remaining Member States. Even after the completion of the withdrawal process, EU laws will still impact businesses operating in the UK, both directly and indirectly. Fields which are most likely to be affected include product specifications, competition, employment, health and safety, banking and financial services, company law, insolvency, consumer protection and insurance. Despite this, there continues to be gaps in the research which has been carried out to explore the ultimate consequences of Brexit on the business regulatory environment.

This workshop, organised by the Commercial Law Cluster at the University of Essex, aimed to cover this research gap by exploring the opportunities and risks faced by UK business in this time of legislative change. In particular, this workshop focused on three key legal fields: (i) finance and banking law; (ii) corporate law; and (iii) maritime and insurance law.

The purpose of this workshop was to raise awareness and foster debate on the rules that will govern the UK after Brexit. The regulatory changes for each of these three economic sectors were discussed in separate panels. In each panel, invited speakers provided an overview of the opportunities and challenges faced by businesses. Invited discussants then complemented these presentations with views from both academia and legal practice.

The programme and speakers included:

Welcome: Professor Theodore Konstadinides (University of Essex)

Keynote Presentation: Professor Takis Tridimas (King’s College London; Matrix Chambers)

Session One: Finance and Banking

Financial Markets: Professor Stuart Weinstein (Aston University) and Dr Flora Huang (University of Essex)

Banking Supervision: Dr Menelaos Markakis (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Dr Anastasia Karatzia (University of Essex)

Session Two: Corporate Law

Chair: Dr Eugenio Vaccari

Company Law: Professor Janet Dine (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr Marios Koutsias (University of Essex)

Insolvency Law: Hamish Anderson (Norton Rose Fulbright) and José Carles (Carles Cuesta Abogados y Asesores Financieros, Madrid)

Employment Law: Dr Jennifer Gant (University College Cork) and Dr Niall O’Connor (University of Essex)

Session Three: Maritime, Shipping and Insurance

Chair: Dr Lijie Song

Shipping: Zoumpoulia (Lia) Amaxilati (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr Durand Cupido (University of Essex)

Insurance: Dr Keren Wu (University of East Anglia) and Dr Anna Antoniou (University of Essex)

Closing Presentation: Professor Steve Peers (University of Essex)

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