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 has passed parliament and therefore the UK will leave 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.
The Queen's Speech on 19 December set out the government's legislative agenda for the first session of the new parliament.
This article highlights some of the key bills announced in the Queen's Speech that will be most relevant to solicitors.
We have been in bilateral discussions with a number of EU bars in order to secure the position of solicitors post-Brexit.
Our head of international Mickaël Laurans gave evidence to the committee as part of their ongoing inquiry on trade in services.
We welcome news of a UK-Korea free trade agreement, which will allow solicitors to continue to practise in Korea post-Brexit.
Although it remains unclear when and how the UK will withdraw from the EU, we continue to advise our members to prepare for all eventualities.
We have produced a parliamentary briefing ahead of the chancellor's spring statement on 13 March 2019.
Our relationship management team has engaged with members around the country to deliver diversity and inclusion forums and discuss key areas of concern.
The European Commission has published a notice outlining the impact a no-deal Brexit will have on the enforcement and recognition of UK judgments.
The European Commission has announced the measures it is adopting in advance of the UK's departure from the EU to mitigate the effects of a 'no-deal' Brexit.
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