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UK REACH: Legal issues to watch

UK REACH: Legal issues to watch

27 February 2023


As UK REACH continues to evolve, Darren Abrahams (barrister) and Tom Gillett (solicitor) of Steptoe & Johnson, will addresses the legal issues that companies operating in the GB market need to understand for compliance with the current legal regime and navigating potential future changes.

The Presenters

Darren Abrahams enables clients throughout the chemicals and life sciences supply chain to get and keep their products on the European market (in the EU and in the UK). He focuses on defence of products through strategic advice, advocacy before institutions and agencies, and litigation (in the EU and the UK) before national courts and tribunals. He has a wealth of experience with EU and UK regulation of biocidal products, plant protection products (agrochemicals), REACH, CLP, WEEE and RoHS, food and feed, GMOs cosmetics, medical devices and wider aspects of environmental law. Darren is recognized by Chambers & Partners Europe-wide Regulatory (2020) for his Environment and Agro/Food practice. Legal Rankings recognized him as top tier practitioner in both, and Steptoe listed as band 1 firm.

Tom Gillett advises clients on a wide range of environmental law, with a focus on chemicals regulation and product regimes (including REACH, biocides, food contact, product standards and CE/UKCA marking) in both the EU and the UK.
With a background in complex and technical contentious environmental law (including contaminated land, pollution incidents, environmental permitting and waste regulation), Tom is well placed to help clients navigate regulatory investigations, appeals and tribunal hearings, as well as to advise on regulatory compliance, data sharing, consortium management, and supply chain due diligence.

Steptoe & Johnson is an international law firm, with a market-leading Chemicals, Environment & Life Sciences practice. It has an integrated team of lawyers, scientists and advisors to guide clients through the ever-changing regulatory landscape that requires mastery of not just the law but of the underlying science. The firm has a particular focus on the US, EU, GB, and China markets but with regulators increasingly coordinating efforts across national borders, the firm is able to provide advice that informs global compliance and business strategies, working with its network of local counsel in the relevant jurisdictions

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