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Brexit: preparing for the end of the transition period
The UK-EU transition period will end on 31 December 2020.
The UK is leaving the single market and the EU lawyers’ directives and EU laws will no longer apply to the England and Wales qualified solicitors.
This means that there will be significant changes for individual solicitors and firms, whether an agreement is reached on the UK-EU future relationship or not.
Solicitors and firms should act now to prepare for the end of the transition period.
We’re regularly publishing guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period, including if the UK and EU do not reach an agreement on a future partnership.
A number of areas are still subject to negotiations by the UK and the EU, so we’ll update our guidance as and when the negotiations conclude.
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 to prepare for the end of the transition period
- Read our country guides on practice rights:
- Review our guidance on:
- the impact of the end of free movement of people on 31 December 2020 and steps firms can take to prepare
- trade in legal services
- EU legal professional privilege following the end of the transition period
- registered European lawyers and how England and Wales will remain open after the end of the transition period
- EU data flows
- civil judicial co-operation (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)
- intellectual property
- anti-money laundering
- Attend upcoming Law Society events on preparing for the end of the transition period
- 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
Recordings of the following end of transition webinars are available online:
- registered European lawyers (9 September)
- family law (1 October)
- cross-border civil and commercial judgments (9 October)
- intellectual property (12 November)
Resources from government and other bodies
Read the Information Commissioner's guidance on data protection at the end of 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.
Send your feedback or specific queries to email@example.com.