A closer look at some of the news, issues and consequences which have arisen following the UK Government’s notification under Article 50 that the UK will leave the European Union.

Position papers

Brexit: options for a future UK-EU dispute settlement mechanism

2 May 2018

The Law Society of England and Wales has published a paper which outlines its views on the building blocks necessary for having a fair, transparent and accessible mechanism for the resolution of disputes between the EU and the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

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. 

Key legal issues for the upcoming EU-UK negotiations

21 April 2017

The UK Law Societies have just published the report that sets out the key priorities for the upcoming negotiations between the EU and the UK.

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UK lawyers in the EU: Q&A on practice rights in the context of Brexit

16 October 2018

The UK delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) published its paper on UK lawyers and their practice rights in the EU in the context of Brexit. 

Implications for the profession of a no-deal Brexit

31 January 2019

Alexandra Cardenas, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at the Law Society of England and Wales,  presents hers analysis of the consequences and potential costs of a no-deal Brexit for both the profession in England and Wales and its clients. The article also provides valuable advice on what steps UK solicitors in the EU and European lawyers in the UK can take to enable them to continue serving their clients.

New statute and the revocation of Article 50

30 January 2019

In  this article David Greene, Deputy Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales, discusses the constitutional challenges that have arisen in Parliament since the 2016 EU Referendum. The article touches on the current turmoil in Parliament, how Article 50 could be revoked or extended, as well as the limits of Parliament’s ability to influence the situation.

Brexit and access to justice for victims of domestic abuse: A practical example in support of an agreement

29 January 2019

In this article Suzanne Rice, President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, discusses the potential impact a disorderly Brexit will have on vulnerable groups, such as victims of domestic violence. For people such as these, if a disorderly Brexit occurs, the protection from its effects could be defined by a demarcation line as to which country is in/outside the European Union. The Law Society of Northern Ireland therefore urges a comprehensive agreement is reached between the parties ...

The Law Society of Northern Ireland and Brexit

29 January 2019

Suzanne Rice, President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, discusses the LSNI’s strategy to raise awareness with key stakeholders of the difficult issues which a disorderly Brexit would provoke. Since the 2016 EU Referendum,  the LSNI has consistently argued in favour of for a broad agreement with the EU which preserves seamless legal cooperation, mutual recognition, admission and practice rights of solicitors, in particular for legal professionals operating across Northern ...

Brexit: the UK and Scotland

28 January 2019

Katie Hay, Head of International at the Law Society of Scotland, discusses the future options for Scotland in the context of Brexit. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of Scottish Parliament, and as the physical embodiment of Scottish devolution from the UK parliament, it has grown in stature over that time, as more legislation has been passed and greater powers devolved to it. Brexit has resulted in a renewed focus by politicians and commentators on intergovernmental ...

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