What does IP completion day mean for corporate crime?
What does IP completion day mean for corporate crime?

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What does IP completion day mean for corporate crime?
  • IP completion day
  • Offences
  • Criminal justice and judicial co-operation
  • What are the key changes in practice from IP completion day?
  • Further reading
  • Extradition
  • What are the key changes in practice from IP completion day?
  • Further reading
  • Mutual legal assistance
  • More...

Eleven pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the implementation period put in place to enable the UK to transition away from the EU’s laws and institutions. At this point in time (referred to in this document as ‘IP completion day’) there will be an immediate and significant change in the UK’s legal regime. This Practice Note explains the implications of this change in relation to the following areas of corporate crime law and practice:

  1. criminal justice and judicial co-operation

  2. extradition

  3. sanctions

  4. Criminal market abuse

  5. money laundering

  6. consumer protection and trading standards offences

  7. food safety offences

  8. health and safety offences

  9. data protection offences

IP completion day

On 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and lost its entitlement to participate in the political institutions and governance structures of the EU. In accordance with the transitional arrangements provided in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement, exit day marked the commencement of an 11-month implementation period during which the UK continued to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes.

During the implementation period, the UK continued to adhere to its obligations under EU law (including EU treaties, legislation, principles and international agreements), and submitted to the continuing jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement. For further information, see Practice Notes: Brexit—introduction to

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