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UK negotiating stance brings hope for the economically vital legal sector

A newly released document outlining proposals for a new deal with the EU in the wake of Brexit was today given a partial welcome by the Law Society of England and Wales.

“Since the Brexit vote on 23 June 2016 we have been calling for professional qualifications to be recognised, for mutual recognition and enforcement of court judgments and to maintain collaboration in policy, security and criminal justice arrangements,” said Law Society president Joe Egan.

“Among our key concerns are that people’s rights are maintained and our citizens and the citizens of the EU27 are kept safe. But also that key elements of legal co-operation that underpin the economy and keep the wheels of commerce turning are protected.

“So the publication of a UK government presentation to the EU - on the Framework for the UK-EU Economic Partnership - is encouraging as it references civil judicial co-operation, intellectual property and mutual recognition of professional qualifications.

“It also talks about a security partnership and co-operation around cross-cutting areas like data.

“While we continue to have concerns about market access and lawyers being able to either base themselves in EU states or to fly in/fly out to support deals, the negotiating stance of the UK government suggests that they have taken our advice and that of the solicitor profession on board, which is very welcome.”

Notes for editors

The Department for Exiting the EU’s presentation on the Framework for the UK-EU economic partnership is available to read online.

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