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.

What is new with geoblocking?

5 July 2017

Geoblocking consists of geolocation technology, using a user’s IP address to identify where they live and where the request is coming from. When a website blocks you from accessing the website based on your location (blocking access across borders) this is what geoblocking contains.

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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.

More from this month's In Focus

Articles from this month's In Focus theme

Blockchains and smart contracts

4 July 2017

On 12 June 2017, blockchain had successfully been used to buy and sell mutual funds in test conditions. Blockchain start-ups and jobs have continued to increase. 

Technology and its impact on legal practice

4 July 2017

Modern lawyers will not only grasp the impact of current regulations on disruptive technology, they will also customise those innovations to the legal industry.

Trade in a digital world: data need to fly

4 July 2017By

The Internet has profoundly changed trade and global value chains and enabled start-ups and small businesses to access any market around the world. While countries are updating their national rules to keep up with the fast changes brought by technology, they have been struggling to address these issues in trade deals. We cannot do trade agreements as we did in the past. The rules must be designed globally. 

Mixity as an obstacle to future EU-UK relations?

9 May 2017By

In the wake of Wallonia’s resistance to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, concerns have been raised over the ability of such a region to block a future trade deal between the UK and the EU. 

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Virtual Competition

5 July 2017By

E-commerce has brought us all closer to the promised land of competition – where ample choice, better quality and lower prices reside. Our online environment is seemingly delivering constant waves of innovation and competitive pressure. It has led to reduced barriers to entry, increased market access, increased market transparency and lower search costs. 

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Strengthening the EU's trade ties – Mexico and beyond

16 May 2017By

The 28 member states of the European Union – and 27, once the UK has left us – together form one of the largest trading blocs in the world. The EU’s strength as both exporter and importer gives a powerful voice in international trade negotiations and in fora like the World Trade Organisation.

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Brexit, Legal Professional Privilege and the European Union

7 April 2017

The UK’s exit from the European Union will have ramifications for legal professional privilege across the continent, and especially for lawyers qualified in England and Wales.


Notification and negotiation: the mechanics of Article 50 and future mechanisms of dispute resolution between the UK and the EU

21 March 2017

Michael-James Clifton, Chef de Cabinet of the President of the EFTA Court, reflects on the practicalities of Article 50 and future mechanisms of dispute resolution between the EU and the UK.

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