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Our Brexit priorities

We’ve set out our key priorities for legal services and the justice system as part of any Brexit agreement, and we’re engaging with stakeholders to make sure that they’re aware of our members’ concerns.

We continue to support our members and law firms by providing guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period.

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Our priorities

Since the EU referendum, we’ve worked with members to identify their priorities for the future relationship between the UK and EU.

Our priorities for EU withdrawal are:

  • access for lawyers to practise law and base themselves in the UK and EU and EFTA member states
  • civil, commercial and family judicial co-operation, including recognition and enforcement of judgments and respect for choice of jurisdiction clauses across the EU
  • collaboration in policing, security and criminal justice
  • legal certainty throughout the process of withdrawal
  • government collaboration with the legal services sector to continue to promote England and Wales as the governing law of contracts, the jurisdiction of choice and London as the preferred seat of arbitration

These priorities have been the basis of work influencing stakeholders in the UK and EU.

Supporting members

The risk of the UK leaving without a future relationship remains, and even if an agreement is made there will be significant changes for individual solicitors and firms.

We recommend that solicitors and firms continue or begin to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

See the government’s information on how to prepare for the end of the transition period.

Over the coming months, we’ll be publishing further guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period.

UK lawyers working in the EU and EFTA states should now take steps to make sure that they can continue to practise after exit day, should the UK leave the EU without a deal.

UK lawyers working in the EU and EFTA states are advised to contact the local regulator in the country in which they are working for specific advice.

Our international team can also provide detailed guidance on the national regulations that apply in each jurisdiction in the EU/EFTA and support members preparing for the end of the transition period.

Contact our international team at international@lawsociety.org.uk.

If you have any questions, you can email brexit@lawsociety.org.uk.