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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. 

We held a series of webinars and are regularly publishing guidance to support you and your firm in adapting to the end of the transition period.

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.

Read our initial analysis of legal services in the agreement

Solicitors can send their specific queries to

What you can do now

  1. Use the government's transition checker tool, which helps businesses quickly identify the specific steps they need to take to be ready
  2. Implement our 10 step checklist for law firms
  3. Read our country guides on practice rights:
  4. Review our guidance on:
  5. Attend upcoming Law Society events and listen to our podcast on data flows and the end of transition
  6. 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:

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 actions regarding data protection and data flows.

Read the government guidance on changes to intellectual property law after the end of transition.

Listen to the Home Office's podcast on the changes to the immigration system.

Further questions?

Send your feedback or specific queries to

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