Six months to go: Brexit and legal services

The UK Government has confirmed that the transition period will not be extended. How is the Law Society supporting members to prepare for the 31 December deadline?

With formal confirmation that the transitional period will not be extended under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, it appears likely that the future relationship with the European Union (EU) will commence from the 1 January 2021.

On 15 June both sides agreed to intensify talks on a future agreement that could be put into place by the end of the year.

The Law Society in London and Brussels is continuing to call on negotiators from both sides to work towards a deal. While the draft legal texts published by both sides demonstrated a different approach to the negotiations, there are plenty of examples of shared aims or instances where the end goal is mirrored by both EU and UK. 

We continue to work with bars and law societies across EU and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states on UK solicitors’ practising rights post-Brexit in order to support members in preparation to the 31 December 2020 deadline. We've also been lobbying to ensure that the voice of the legal profession is heard in the other UK trade discussions.

We continue to review and update our research on the regulation for third-country lawyers and Brexit-related measures in the 31 EU and EFTA states. For guidance on the regulation in specific EU/EFTA jurisdictions, email international@lawsociety.org.uk.

We welcome the UK’s application to the Lugano Convention on 8 April 2020. This is a UK Government priority, and the European Free Trade Association states have publicly asked to negotiate on it. For more information, read Lugano: imperfect, but better than nothing by Law Society president Simon Davis.