Horizon scanning for UK and EU law

Here, we list some of the resources that will help you stay up to date with current and upcoming UK and EU law.

As an in-house lawyer, you’ll be responsible for "horizon scanning".

This means knowing what new laws are in the making, how they’ll affect your organisation and when you need to be ready for them.

Horizon scanning: your key resources 

Knowing how law is made, how long it takes, when it will come into force and how it will affect your organisation is the key to effective horizon scanning for legislative change. 

This is a big part of an in-house lawyer’s role, so it pays to have easy access to good resources. 

Fortunately the key institutions that affect UK and EU law are quite good at explaining how they work so, rather than repeating their content, we’ve simply provided their links for you to evaluate and bookmark as you see fit. 

Brexit
European Union Newsroom
UK Parliament
Institute for Government - Brexit: six months to go - published September 2018

The European Union
How EU decisions are made

Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)
Overview 

The EFTA Court
European Free Trade Area Court

World Trade Organization (WTO)
What it does 

The European Court of Human Rights
Information documents 

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
Global services for protecting IP 

UK Parliament
Bills and legislation 

Scottish Parliament
Bills

Welsh Government
Legislative programme 

The Northern Ireland Assembly
How laws are made

HM Courts & Tribunals Service
About the service

The Supreme Court
About the Supreme Court 

If you would like to add this list or think we’ve left any organisation out, do let us know. 

Additional resources

LEx Open Source - This site shares market best practice to create blueprint solutions for the common issues affecting our community. They are group of lawyers, legal engineers and process individuals working for the sole purposes of sharing what they have learnt over the years. 

Conclusion

Knowing who’s making what laws, how they’re doing it and how and when they’ll affect your organisation is a key part of your role. Bookmark the links most relevant to your organisation from the above list and make horizon scanning a regular activity. And, if there are any organisations you think we should add to this list, please let us know.