No deal Brexit—service of documents
No deal Brexit—service of documents

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • No deal Brexit—service of documents
  • Contractually agreed method of service
  • Serving English/Welsh court documents in the EU
  • Serving English/Welsh court documents in Iceland, Norway or Switzerland
  • Serving English/Welsh court documents in Mexico, Montenegro or Singapore
  • Serving English/Welsh documents on a solicitor/European Lawyer in an EEA state
  • Serving English/Welsh documents on a defendant in a 2005 Hague Convention State
  • Serving documents from the EU in England & Wales
  • Example scenarios
  • Available service methods post exit day
  • more

STOP PRESS: This Practice Note is under review to consider the impact of the UK and the EU entering into the Withdrawal Agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition or implementation period commencing on 31 January 2020. For guidance on the implications for service during this period, see Practice Note: Brexit implementation period—service of documents.

This Practice Note covers the situation where the UK and the EU do not reach an agreement for the service of documents following the UK leaving the EU. During the implementation period that starts on exit day ie the day the UK leaves the EU, the provisions in the withdrawal agreement will apply. For guidance, on the implementation period and the impact of the withdrawal agreement on service, see Practice Note: Brexit implementation period—service of documents.

This Practice Note considers the effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal when dealing with the service of court documents. The following UK regulations dealing with no deal Brexit impact service:

  1. the Service of Documents and Taking of Evidence in Civil and Commercial Matters (Revocation and Saving Provisions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, SI 2018/1257 which revokes the key EU regulation in this area, ie Regulation (EC) 1393/2007, the Service Regulation and the agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark on the service of judicial