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Maintaining market access for lawyers post-Brexit

9 October 2017

The Law Society has been working with other representatives from the legal services sector to put together a submission to UK government departments on the impact of Brexit. It outlines the importance of maintaining a mutual market access for legal services across the UK and EU and a transition period so that clients and business have time to adapt.

It recommends that the UK and EU maintain:

  • a system for the mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments across the EU-27 and vice versa
  • a reciprocal system which allows clients in the UK and EU-27 to choose how and where they receive legal services from lawyers
  • a mechanism for UK lawyers to practise EU law via the mutual recognition of legal professional qualifications
  • a system which permits UK corporate forms and partnerships to provide legal services in the EU-27 and vice versa
  • an immigration system that does not lock out the best talent from around the world and allows lawyers to move across Europe.

Read a summary of the recommendations (PDF 33kb).

The submission was put together by the Professional and Business Services Council’s mutual market access working group, which is chaired by Edward Braham, senior partner at Freshfields. As part of this work, a legal services group was set up with representatives from:

  • Allen & Overy
  • Bar Council
  • Chartered Institute for Arbitration
  • Clifford Chance
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Law Society
  • Linklaters
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • TheCityUK

The Professional and Business Services Council (PBSC) is made up of representatives from the PBS sector and is co-chaired by BEIS Minister Lord Prior.