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Brexit and the end of the transition
The UK-EU transition period ended on 31 December 2020.
The UK left the single market and the EU lawyers’ directives and EU laws no longer apply to England and Wales qualified solicitors.
On 24 December 2020, the UK and the EU reached a Trade and Cooperation Agreement. This agreement affects how our members can provide services and how establishments work in the EU area. It has consequences for areas such as intellectual property (IP) law, anti-money laundering (AML) and value added tax (VAT).
The agreement does not cover civil or commercial judicial cooperation or family law. In these areas, the guides that we prepared earlier are still relevant.
Solicitors can send their specific queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you can do now
- Use the government's transition checker tool, which helps businesses quickly identify the specific steps they need to take to be ready
- Implement our 10 step checklist for law firms
- Read our country guides on practice rights:
- Review our guidance on:
- legal services in the free trade agreement
- the impact of the end of free movement of people
- EU legal professional privilege
- registered European lawyers and how England and Wales remains open after the end of the transition period
- EU data flows
- intellectual property
- anti-money laundering
- law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters
- civil judicial cooperation (taking of evidence, service of documents, rules on jurisdiction, alternative dispute resolution, enforcement of foreign judgments and choice of court agreements)
- practice rights of EU/EFTA lawyers in the UK and UK lawyers in the EEA and Switzerland
- family law (private family law and public children law)
- Attend upcoming Law Society events and listen to our podcast on data flows and the end of transition
- Sign up to the government's business readiness bulletin, which shares new guidance for your business and for your clients, and read the letter to the professional services sector from business secretary Alok Sharma MP
Webinars and events
We held a series of webinars to help you and your firm adapt from the end of the transition period.
Recordings of the following webinars are available for free online:
- registered European lawyers (9 September 2020)
- family law (1 October 2020)
- cross-border civil and commercial judgments (9 October 2020)
- intellectual property (12 November 2020)
- children law in cross-border cases (13 January 2021)
- data protection and flows (14 January 2021)
- divorce rules in cross-border cases (19 January 2021)
- immigration rules for bringing in talent (20 January 2021)
- choice of court agreements and commercial cross-border cases (26 January 2021)
- competition law in a changing landscape (27 January 2021)
Resources from government and other bodies
Read the Information Commissioner's guidance on data protection from the transition period, including a specific guide for small businesses, and read the government guidance on data.
Read the government guidance on changes to intellectual property law after the end of transition.
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