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The June In Focus edition features in-depth analyses from our network of experts in trade policy.

We are delighted to feature an article from Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom in which she outlines the EU trade talks with Mexico and the EU’s future approach to trade policy. Laurence Ankersmit from Client Earth brings us insightful details of the CETA crisis in the Belgian province of Wallonia. Peter Balas from Covington and Burling discusses the trade policy implications of Brexit.

More from this month's In Focus

Positive elements to Queen's Speech but whiplash plan brings sting in the tail

21 June 2017Updated: 22 June 2017

The Queen’s Speech for the 2017 Parliament has set out a comprehensive agenda with much that will be received positively by the solicitor profession, the Law Society of England and Wales said today.

Law Society of Scotland's comments on Queen’s Speech 2017

21 June 2017Updated: 22 June 2017

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech today, 21 June 2017, Law Society of Scotland President Graham Matthews, said: “Today’s Queen’s Speech sets out the UK Government’s legislative programme for the next two years. As expected there is a heavy focus on the legislative work that will be required for us to leave the European Union and the need to provide stability during that process.”

Finsbury Park Mosque victims offered free legal advice

20 June 2017

People bereaved and injured in the Finsbury Park Mosque attack in London on Sunday night will be offered free legal advice through the panel of solicitor firms convened by the Law Society of England and Wales in the wake of the London Bridge attack just two weeks ago. 

Collaborative Brexit vital to protect UK economy

19 June 2017

Negotiations over Brexit must have a clear focus on ensuring British trade - including the export of legal services - is not undermined, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today as it reaffirmed its commitment to convening legal expertise to work for a good deal for the UK economy and UK citizens.

Joint position on the proposal for a mandatory EU Transparency Register

13 June 2017

The Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society Scotland adopted their position on the Commission’s proposal for a mandatory lobbying register from September 2016. 

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Brussels Agenda - March 2017

7 March 2017

The March 2017 edition of Brussels Agenda looks at Brexit and the negotiating objectives in the field of practice rights, recognition and enforcement of judgments, as well as consumer and family law.

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