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French companies looking to set up or market their products or services in the UK can face issues due to a lack of familiarity with the English legal system. Our French group comprises of French nationals who specialise in Franco-British business transactions, advising and assisting French companies and entrepreneurs investing in the UK. We look for practical solutions for our clients, providing support and enabling them to develop their businesses, based on our expertise in both English and French law

As well as our own expertise we are supported by other specialist teams, including banking and finance, commercial law and litigation, intellectual property, competition law, corporate tax, IT and commercial property.

This approach makes our French group the strategic legal partner of choice for the development of your business activities in the UK. Working in partnership with you, we will ensure that your activities are fully compliant with English law and offer your company a complete range of legal services to support your trading activities in the UK, always taking into consideration your business interests as well as cultural differences between France and the UK.

what we do...

  • Our French clients – we have been working for the last 35 years with more than 400 French companies, from family-run businesses to international groups operating in a wide variety of sectors.
  • M&A transactions and joint venture arrangements.
  • Commercial property and leases.
  • Intellectual property, trademark and patent infringements including dealing with multi-jurisdictional patent litigation claims.
  • Strong ties with the economic actors of the French community in the United Kingdom, such as the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.
  • Our bilingual lawyers are based in our London office and are supported by a bilingual secretarial team. We advise our clients in their own language in company law (including mergers and acquisitions) and employment law and bridge the gap between French and Anglo-Saxon cultures.
  • Labour and employment advice across borders and for inbound and outbound employees.
  • Immigration : advice and assistance in the application process of a licence to sponsor (Tier 2 General or intra-group) and a certificate of sponsorship in the context of a Tier 2 licence.
  • Commercial agreements and contract law.
  • Company formation, registered office and company secretarial services for French inward investors.

Brexit and beyond: navigating the challenges ahead

Our Brexit hub provides useful information on the key areas that are likely to be affected by Brexit, the priority issues for any business or organisation and practical guidance to help you navigate the challenges ahead.

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Brexit resources

Q & A: UK’s new immigration system: how will it impact EU Nationals and their employers?

On 31 December 2020, free movement of people will cease to operate in the United Kingdom as a new immigration system will be introduced from 1 January 2021 and the government has provided further details of the new system on 13 July 2020.

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Brexit resources

How will Brexit affect businesses from an immigration perspective?

Now that the Brexit negotiations are in full swing, we have set out below our updated advice on some of the most common questions we see surrounding the potential impact of Brexit on employment and business immigration.

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Brexit resources

Brexit overview: your use of data and Brexit

Despite the lack of clarity around Brexit, there are key data issues that can be addressed now. We can help you with the steps you need to take to mitigate the risks.

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Brexit resources

Brexit overview: your people and Brexit

Despite the uncertainty, however, we can help you take some sensible steps now to prepare your workforce for the implications of Brexit.

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Alix Troenes

Alix Troënès-Smith

French Group Manager - French and English qualified lawyer

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French Chamber of Great Britain
French Chamber of Great Britain