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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 brexit@lawsociety.org.uk.

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 to prepare for the end of the transition period
  3. Read our country guides on practice rights:
  4. Review our:
  5. Attend upcoming Law Society events on preparing for the end of the transition period
  6. Sign up to the government's business readiness bulletin, which shares new guidance for your business and for your clients

Webinars and events

Recordings of the following end of transition webinars are available online:

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.

 

 

Further questions?

Send your feedback or specific queries to brexit@lawsociety.org.uk.

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