A leading Brussels law firm is preparing to open an office in London in September to “fill a gap” following the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Van Bael & Bellis will open the branch in Chancery Lane, subject to the approval of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), with a focus on international trade and customs law, competition law and public international law.

Brexit means companies and government entities involved in trade disputes or competition cases will have to deal with the UK regulatory authorities and the courts, alongside representation in the EU.

The firm’s senior partner David Hull said: “For competition work, companies will be required to manage both EU and UK...

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