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Business law in the United Kingdom

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The judiciary is completely independent in the UK.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Equal treatment is guaranteed under the law.
The Language of Justice
Recourse to an Interpreter
In case of penal action, an interpreter should be made available for individuals who do not speak or understand English sufficiently. Interpreters should be registered with the NRPSI (National Register of Public Service Interpreters).
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy based on parliamentary democracy. In the absence of a written constitution, the main source of the law in the country is the common law with early Roman and modern continental influences. Scotland has a separate legal system. The UK accepts compulsory ICJ (International Court of Justice) jurisdiction but with reservations.
As a former member of the European Union, the UK has conveyed into the British Law a considerable amount of the European legislation. Nevertheless starting January 31st 2020, the date of the UK's withdrawal from the EU, the country will no more incorporate new EU legislation into its national law. For the detail on possible future changes in the company law and civil law, taking effect from 1 January 2021 following the UK's withdrawal from the EU and the end of the transition period please consult the European Commission's ‘BREXIT READINESS CHECKLIST’ FOR COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS WITH THE UK.
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