Our international trade and inward investment lawyers help public and private sector clients achieve their commercial aims. We draw on trade expertise across a range of legal disciplines to help clients make the most of global opportunities in their sector.

Trading businesses need to import and export goods and services in accordance with national and international trade laws. Following the post-Brexit transition period, EU-based importers, UK-based customers and exporters and importers and exporters from further afield, will need to be alert to new restrictions, tariffs and regulations.

Despite post-Brexit uncertainties, the UK continues to attract inward investment from overseas markets as international businesses look to expand into the UK through acquisition, equity investment, joint ventures, the incorporation of new entities and by expanding existing operations.

We help businesses navigate complex international trade law and cross-border challenges. Our expertise includes assisting transport sector clients with cross-border regulatory issues, trade-regulated litigation, helping food clients with labelling and country of origin advice, and advising agricultural sector clients on business immigration.

Doing business in the UK for the first time can be exciting but complex. In this inward investment guide, we identify 10 key points to help you plan ahead for success. 

Our UK Investment Launchpad service, enables inbound clients to fast track the UK set up process by providing rapidly deployed project management, alongside expert legal advice, to deliver on the ground support with the development and implementation of the client’s UK market entry strategy.

You can read here how we supported a US healthcare provider to create a new business through a joint venture by providing a collaborative legal and project consultancy solution.

We deliver award-winning sector and specialist advice across all UK jurisdictions (England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and the EU.

We are an independent UK law firm that operates across multiple countries and jurisdictions. Through our trusted network of independent law firms, our international trade team provides a seamless legal service across the globe. This flexibility allows our international trade lawyers to collaborate with the right legal provider for our clients in each jurisdiction.

We regularly report on the latest Brexit developments and have a podcast in which we discuss how Brexit affects businesses and international trade. Listen to the podcast here

Areas of focus

Our international trade team can assist with all business issues connected to inward investment and cross-border trade. Our international trade expertise includes the following:

  • Company incorporation and company secretarial support.
  • Assisting with opening bank accounts.
  • Corporate and tax structures.
  • Formation of joint ventures and partnerships.
  • Business immigration including helping businesses with EU citizen immigration requirements.
  • Cross-border financial services and passporting.
  • International dispute resolution including international arbitration and choice of jurisdiction/courts.
  • Trade disputes including sector based disputes concerning tariff breaches.
  • Regulatory requirements for imports/exports including consumer law, product liability, obtaining approvals and engagement with regulators.
  • Supply chain and country of origin implications for registration, labelling and taxation.
  • Cross-border M&A involving inward investment or overseas acquisition.
  • International trade in nuclear goods and services including the role of nuclear co-operation agreements, export controls, nuclear safeguards, nuclear liability and more general obligations under international, European and UK nuclear law.

Advising a US bank on the provision of significant trade finance facilities for the import of various foods stuffs to multiple West African countries.

Acting for an international bank on the establishment of a consumer finance business in Thailand and compliance with the various regulatory requirements.

Advising National Express Group on its tenders to run public transport services in several projects across the Middle East. The competitions mainly involved bus concessions and included a mixture of operation, maintenance, infrastructure and construction contracts. We advised on all areas of these projects, from the completion of compliant bids and negotiations with public authorities in each country, to the ongoing running of services following successful bids. We co-ordinated matters across Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar.

Co-ordinating ongoing work for Harrods in 10 South American countries working with local attorneys in each country.

Co-ordinating employment advice for Thomson Reuters across 19 jurisdictions for an IT outsourcing project including obtaining advice as to whether TUPE/ARD would apply in each relevant jurisdiction and planning for potential transfers. The matter spanned Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Co-ordinating advice for a UK-based premium soft drinks manufacturer on labelling and food regulatory requirements across the EU and the USA and working with local attorneys.

Acting for an international soft drinks bottler business on international arbitrations arising out of multi-jurisdictional contracts governed by English law.

Advising a significant Republic of Ireland dairy processor on English law food regulatory issues and subsequent criminal proceedings arising out of malicious contamination of products.

Acting for a global consortium in a successful appeal against a decision of the European Chemicals Agency on the testing obligations for its chemical products.

Advising a contractor on the construction of a £4.2 billion tunnel project.

Meet the team
Paul Browne

Paul Browne Partner

  • Head of International Trade
  • Head of Real Estate
  • Nuclear
Ian Tucker

Ian Tucker Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Procurement Disputes
  • International Trade
Jeremy Dickerson

Jeremy Dickerson Partner

  • Head of International 
  • Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Sport
  • Defamation and Reputation Management
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
Ian Salter

Ian Salter Partner

  • Head of Nuclear
  • Projects
  • Environment
Sian Edmunds

Sian Edmunds Partner

  • Head of Food and Drink
  • Food and Farming
  • Estates and Land
  • Product Liability
Richard Leeming

Richard Leeming Partner

  • Banking and Trade Finance
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
  • Real Estate Finance
Dominic Davis

Dominic Davis Partner

  • Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
Beatrice Puoti

Beatrice Puoti Partner

  • Head of Private Wealth
  • Private Client Services
  • International Tax and Trust
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Simon Tilling Partner

  • Head of Environment
  • REACH, Chemicals and Product Stewardship
  • Energy, Power and Utilities

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Paul Browne

Paul Browne Partner

  • Head of International Trade
  • Head of Real Estate
  • Nuclear

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