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.
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.
The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons after concluding its remaining stages last week.
Last week the Law Society's Head of Justice, Richard Miller, gave oral evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee for its inquiry on enforcing the Equality Act.
The draft Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future UK-EU future relationship has been agreed at negotiators' level.
A debate was held in Westminster Hall over the impact of Brexit on the legal services.
Last week the Government published the draft Withdrawal Agreement, reflecting the in-principle agreement between the UK and EU negotiating teams on the full legal text.
The Law Society has analysed the government's draft Withdrawal Agreement to produce a summary of the salient points for solicitors.
Growing concern that the UK could exit the EU without a deal has led the Law Society to publish guidance for solicitors to mitigate some of the risks.
This guide highlights the changes to practising in family law should the UK leave the EU without having reached an agreement.
The Law Society of England and Wales has warned that a no-deal Brexit could leave Britain unable to extradite criminals back to EU states.
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