The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
STOP PRESS: This Practice Note is being reviewed in light of the revised Draft Withdrawal Agreement dated 17 October 2019. In the interim, for further general guidance on the Draft Withdrawal Agreement, see Practice Note: Brexit—considerations for dispute resolution practitioners.
This Practice Note considers the impact that Brexit will have on obtaining evidence from an EU Member State for use in English court proceedings or providing evidence for use in proceedings in an EU Member State court when the UK leaves the EU. It considers the current position using Regulation (EC) 1206/2001, the Taking of Evidence Regulation and summarises the UK and EU’s respective positions and considers the likely potential outcomes, based on the information available. The Practice Note then considers potential issues which may arise when the UK exits the EU and potential regimes which may assist when seeking to obtain evidence.
For an understanding of how a deal or no deal position may be reached, the House of Commons Exiting the EU Committee report: The progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal (June to September 2018) at para  provides a useful flowchart.
It is often necessary to obtain evidence from overseas when dealing with disputes involving international elements. The present regime of obtaining evidence, including witness evidence, from other EU Member States (apart from
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