The future of the UK's relationship with the rest of the EU is a hot topic, particularly in light of the prime minister's announcement in January 2013 that any future Conservative government would seek to re-negotiate the terms of the UK's membership and put the outcome to a referendum.
The Law Society continues to highlight the importance of the legal sector in the debate about the future of the UK's relationship with Europe. UK legal services make up over a quarter of the entire EU legal services market and we are making sure that the legal profession is at the heart of the discussion.
The Law Society has published a detailed report looking at the relationship and potential impact of changes through the legal lens.
We have published an economic modelling report which found that the legal services sector would be disproportionately disadvantaged compared to the whole UK economy if the UK were to leave the European Union.
This briefing responds to the position on the future of the UK's relationship with the European Union (EU) which prime minister David Cameron set out in his speech on 23 January 2013.
The Law Society has issued its EU manifesto, which commends four areas to the institutions for particular attention over the next five years: guaranteeing rights, the internal market, the importance of the legal profession, and global challenges.
The chair of the Law Society’s EU committee discusses what is being proposed, why it matters and the role of the Law Society.
Our evidence has been referenced in the latest government reports in the balance of competences review, which include trade and investment, free movement of goods, free movement of persons, civil judicial co-operation, and environment and climate change.
The EU Committee is part of our Legal Affairs and Policy Board.
It ensures that the Law Society responds to relevant EU proposals and communications in a timely and effective manner, and helps the Society in its lobbying activity in the EU institutions.
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