The Law Societies' office in Brussels was set up by the Law Society of England and Wales, Law Society of Scotland and Law Society of Northern Ireland. Its main functions are monitoring the EU policy and legislative developments and representing the profession towards the European institutions. We provide information and support for solicitors and law firms and organise various events.
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This month, we are taking a closer look at the issues surrounding law and its relation to technology. The world now relies on technology to access markets it could not do so before, from different countries to different businesses.

The end of roaming charges in the EU from 15 June this year demonstrated just how dependent we are on technology helping us to access data networks wherever we are in the EU. In 2016, the EU identified the Digital Single Market strategy as a means to create new opportunities for all within the EU regarding jobs, health data, the economy etc. also indicating a focus on technology.

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Transparency in the EU FTAs: Do You Really Want To Know?

3 August 2017

The high level of openness adopted in both the Brexit and TTIP negotiations show that the European Union (EU) takes transparency in its external relations seriously. Arguably, transparency constitutes a necessary pre-requisite for the proper deployment of the multi-level system of governance of the Union. 

Japan-EU FTA; Ambitious, but work still to do.

3 August 2017

Had the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) gone ahead, it would have built on earlier multi-lateral agreements in the area to create a free trade area circling the Pacific Rim. 

UK Withdrawal Negotiations: State of Play and the Position Papers

3 August 2017

Although Article 50 was officially triggered on the 29th of March, four months on, the withdrawal arrangements envisioned by that Article remain elusive. 

Law Societies' position on citizens' acquired rights

18 July 2017

The UK Law Societies’ latest briefing discusses citizens’ acquired rights in the context of the negotiations of the UK withdrawal from the EU. The briefing welcomes the priority given to the rights of the EU citizens in the UK and the UK citizens in the EU post-Brexit. 

Brexit bill: People's rights must be placed centre stage

13 July 2017

Today the UK government fired the starting gun on the biggest change to our legal system for more than 40 years - the unravelling of our relationship with the European Union. The Law Society of England and Wales and solicitor profession will work tirelessly with all parties to ensure people’s rights are put centre stage.

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Brussels Agenda - July-August 2017

17 August 2017

Following the publication of the UK’s Bill on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and with the EU calling for clarity from the UK after the second round of negotiations, we invited Sajjad Karim MEP to share his thoughts on Brexit and devolution with us.

Brussels Agenda - June 2017

28 June 2017

This month’s edition of the Brussels Agenda focuses on technology. We will take a closer look at the issues surrounding law and its relation to technology. The world now relies on technology to access markets it could not do so before, from different countries to different businesses.

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