Our key priorities for legal services and the justice system as part of any Brexit agreement are:
We are engaging with the UK government, MPs, the European Commission and other stakeholders to highlight our concerns and support our members and the legal sector. We represent our members as part of groups including the Brexit Law Committee and the Professional Business Services Council’s (PBSC) Mutual Market Access Group.
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The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 passed parliament and therefore the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020.
Under the negotiated withdrawal agreement, the UK–EU relationship will enter a transition period from 1 February. This period will see UK and EU citizens and businesses continue to qualify for many rights and freedoms across both polities, and the bulk of EU law continue to apply to the UK.
However, the transition period will bring change to some areas of law – intellectual property is just one such area – and is a precursor to the future relationship, which the government has made clear will take the form of a free trade agreement. This is intended to come into force on 1 January 2021.
The UK government has indicated it is not willing to extend further, although there is provision made for doing so in the withdrawal agreement.
For more information see our guidance on the transition period.
Our written evidence to the House of Commons Future Relationship with the European Union Select Committee has been published.
This guidance reflects ongoing discussions on EU legal privilege for UK practitioners.
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Helena Raulus and Mickael Laurans discuss the latest updates on Brexit.
The UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement came into effect on 31 January 2020. Part II of the agreement contains the provisions on citizens' rights.
This page explains how the transition period in the UK-EU relationship from 1 February will affect various areas of law.
The UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement provides for automatic recognition in UK law of existing EU IP rights and other IP-related protections.
Legal services contributed nearly £60bn total GVA to the UK economy in 2018 while in 2017 legal services exports hit approximately £5bn
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