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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As your professional body we take a neutral position on whether to leave or remain in the EU. However, we have consistently advocated against leaving without a deal, as this will cause serious disruption for individuals and businesses, and decrease opportunities for the profession.
At the same time, we continue to support you in preparing for no deal. We have produced a leaflet showing steps firms can take to prepare, and a series of no deal guidance:
Our international team can provide information on the national regulations that apply in each jurisdiction in the EU/EFTA. Email EuropeCIS@LawSociety.org.uk to request information about a specific country.
This guide highlights the changes in consumer law that will occur should the UK leave the EU without having reached an agreement.
This guide highlights the changes to criminal justice and security mechanisms should the UK leave the EU without an agreement.
This guide highlights the implications of lawful transfers of EU personal data in the UK should the UK leave the EU without reaching an agreement.
This guide highlights the changes in civil and commercial cooperation should the UK leave the EU without an agreement.
This guide highlights the changes to the provision of legal services in the EU should the UK exit the EU without reaching an agreement.
We ask Bernardine about the impact of Brexit on trade and competition law.
Britain - Europe's biggest international provider of legal services and number two in the world - could take a £3.5bn hit from a no-deal Brexit.
We have outlined an ideal UK-EU trading relationship for legal services post-Brexit and reviewed other options, including an FTA and trading on WTO terms.
We have been in bilateral discussions with a number of EU bars in order to secure the position of solicitors post-Brexit.
We are calling on the new prime minister to prioritise fixing our justice system and ensuring the legal services sector remains diverse and globally competitive.
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