Brexit - the look ahead

In this edition of In Focus we look at the challenges facing the UK and the EU in the process of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Our guest contributors discuss different aspects of Brexit and offer their views on the possible ways forward.

Implications for the profession of a no-deal Brexit

31 January 2019

Rebecca Goshawk, Public Affairs Manager at the Law Society of England and Wales,  provides updated analysis of the consequences and potential costs of a no deal Brexit for both the profession in England and Wales and its clients. Solicitors in the EU and European lawyers in the UK are encouraged to continue to prepare for a no deal, whether on 12 April or at a later stage. 

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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