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Impact of Brexit on the justice system - the Law Society's response

30 November 2016

The Law Society has responded to the Justice Select Committee's inquiry into the impact of Brexit on the justice system.

The Committee held an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on three areas: criminal justice, civil justice and the legal services sector.

We provided evidence gathered from our members through our expert policy committees and our Brexit member taskforce. We told the Committee the legal sector's priorities for the government's negotiations with the EU are:

  • Continuing to work collaboratively in the field of policing, security and criminal justice issues to protect citizens, including sharing information and effective extradition arrangements.
  • Maintaining mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments and respect for choice of jurisdiction clauses across the EU (the Brussels I Regulation).
  • Continuing access for UK lawyers to practise law and base themselves in EU member states by maintaining, or introducing arrangements equivalent to:

    - Lawyers' Services and Lawyers' Establishment Directives
    - Professional Qualifications Directive, and
    - Rights of audience before the European Court of Justice and legal professional privilege for communications in EU cases.