Expanding internationally or entering the UK

Expanding into new markets from the United Kingdom, or entering the European Union from further afield, brings with it a set of challenges over and above those applicable to domestic business.

At Harper Macleod we have helped many businesses grow out of the United Kingdom into markets such as Japan, the Middle East, the US, South America and Northern and Southern Africa.

We have also acted for many non-EU businesses, with respect to their entry into the EU marketplace, particularly those originating from the US.

In addition, we have advised extensively on intra EU trade matters, particularly with respect to Germany, France, Spain, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

The depth of our experience is supplemented with the strength of our extensive network of foreign counterpart relations, meaning that we can assist clients with their non-UK needs quickly and effectively.

We advised on the multi-million pound sale of Indian-owned contact centre business HEROtsc to the French-based Webhelp Group.

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Key services

  • Cross border outsourcing
  • Competition law
  • Franchising
  • Import/export regulation and trade restrictions compliance


  • Local jurisdictional regulatory matters
  • Multi-jurisdictional brand management, trade mark registration, domain name registration and disputes
  • Supply chain contracting
  • Structuring businesses to trade across borders

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