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Dentons partner appointed to legal panel of Brexit
Dentons is pleased to announce that UK-based Energy partner and Professor of Energy Law at Queen Mary University of London, James Dallas, is one of eight legal experts to have been appointed to the legal panel of the Red Tape Initiative (RTI), which includes the former Attorney General the Rt.Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP and the former Solicitor General Sir Edward Garnier QC MP. The RTI was launched in April 2017 to forge a consensus on regulatory changes that could benefit businesses and boost jobs in a post-Brexit Britain.
The RTI is a wholly non-partisan project that brings together remainers and leavers from all three major UK-wide political parties. The RTI is time-limited and the aim is for it to complete its programme in early 2020.
The RTI is also working with other groups including the Trade Union Congress, Confederation of British Industry, Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors and the British Chamber of Commerce to help identify changes that could quickly be made in specific areas of EU regulation, with immediate benefits for jobs and businesses in the UK.
Commenting on his appointment, James Dallas said, "I am very pleased to have been selected to sit on the RTI's legal panel. As the Brexit negotiations commence, it is important that the UK prepares for every possible outcome. By setting up the RTI, the UK is ensuring that its regulatory framework supports businesses and job growth in a post-Brexit world."
Dentons is developing an innovative suite of technology solutions designed to help clients plan around the uncertainty created by Brexit and navigate the legal complexities that the UK's departure from the EU will entail. Working with Nextlaw Labs, Dentons is in the advanced stages of developing a cognitive search engine tool that can be used for Brexit-related contract reviews. Collaborating with Artificial Intelligence software experts RAVN Systems and using an application of their Applied Cognitive Engine (ACE) Robot, the technology automatically reviews high volumes of contract documentation to identify provisions that could potentially be impacted by the UK's secession from the EU.
Dentons and Nextlaw Labs are also developing a software application that automatically creates a "Brexit Action Plan" for clients based on their key areas of risk exposure. Clients will be able to log into a secure website that will ask them to select the key issues their businesses are primarily concerned with, e.g. data protection, the environment, immigration etc. Based on this information an action plan will be produced that identifies concrete steps clients need to take in order to understand their exposure and plan an appropriate response.
In addition to the Firm's AI tools, Dentons formed a cross-regional Brexit Response Team to guide clients through the legal and commercial risks and opportunities presented by Brexit, and advise on the practical next steps they need to take. The Brexit Response Team cuts through the noise and provides practical advice to clients about the legal and commercial implications of the UK's departure from the EU and what they need to be thinking about to adapt to the new business environment post-Brexit.