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Arent Fox Appointed To UK Government Trade Law Panel With UK’s Burges Salmon

In a consortium with independent UK law firm Burges Salmon, Arent Fox has been appointed to the UK government’s post-Brexit trade law panel following a competitive process.

The Arent Fox and Burges Salmon consortium will provide specialist legal services as a supplier to Lot 2 (International Trade Negotiations) on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) (RM6183) Trade Law Panel framework.

The four-year appointment will involve the firms working together to provide legal advice and services to the UK government in relation to the negotiation and implementation of trade agreements and trading relationships, and compliance with and enforcement of international law relating to trade, including the law of World Trade Organization (WTO) and trade agreements.

Arent Fox’s International Trade & Investment practice is well versed in these areas. Our team regularly helps clients navigate a complex matrix of rules and agreements relating to international trade. This includes developing strategies to create and take advantage of opportunities presented by legal regimes while securing and expanding markets.

Arent Fox Partners Nancy A. Noonan, Diana Dimitriuc Quaia, and Kay C. Georgi will lead the US portion of the team. Burges Salmon’s Head of International Trade, Paul Browne, will lead the UK portion of the team.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to support the UK government in its international trade negotiations together with our friends and partners Burges Salmon,” said Kay. “Arent Fox’s International Trade team combines lawyers skilled in negotiating all aspects of trade agreements between sovereign governments. We rely on our team’s depth of knowledge of US trade policy, customs, rules of origin, trade disputes, investment, intellectual property, and related disciplines to provide complete end-to-end support in trade negotiations.”

“We’re delighted to have been appointed to the CCS Trade Law Panel framework with our consortium partner Arent Fox, one of the foremost respected International Trade legal practices in the world,” said Paul. “Both firms are looking forward to delivering outstanding legal advice to support the UK government in its international trade negotiations.”

“We are excited to be part of the team as the UK forms new agreements with its trading partners,” said Nancy. “Our goal is to help the UK government provide opportunities to its businesses that are focused on international growth while supporting economic development in the UK, through trade law policies.”

Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2019/20, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits worth over £1bn - supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.

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Founded in 1942, Arent Fox is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and the law intersect. With more than 430 lawyers and professionals, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to a global roster of corporations, governments, and trade associations.


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