A closer look at some of the news, issues and consequences of the UK withdrawal from the European Union.

Latest communications on Brexit

UK legal professions produce paper on practice rights of EU lawyers in the UK

Read more about your practice rights as an EU lawyer in the different UK jurisdictions under the current (draft) withdrawal agreement

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

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

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

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.

Latest news on Brexit


‘Brexit Transition and the Rule of Law: An Uncertain New World?’ by Dr Oliver Garner


On Monday 9 November, the UK House of Lords voted to remove certain provisions of the UK Internal Market Bill. These clauses would permit government Ministers to legislate in breach of the Withdrawal Agreement. A former Lord Chief Justice and a former Lord Chancellor condemned the ‘emergency clauses’ as a ...


David Greene, the new President of the Law Society of England and Wales, talks about his Presidency priorities


David Greene will serve as the 176th President of the Law Society of England and Wales. In this article, he talks about his priorities for the year ahead.

Update on Brexit - October 2020


As readers may well recall, it was previously hoped that the EU-UK Future Relationship Agreement could be agreed by the end of October in order to allow sufficient time for ratification ahead of the 1st January 2021. The European Council summit on the 15th October had been earmarked as the ...

Law Society of England and Wales publishes its guidance on the end of the transition period


Law Society of England and Wales has published its guidance on the preparation for the end of the transition period.

Recognition and enforcement of judgments after Brexit: is Lugano a solution to hand?


We discuss the importance of the recognition and enforcement of judgments in the new EU-UK partnership agreement. The Lugano Convention, like Brussels I Regulation for the EU countries, provides for the recognition and enforcement of a wide range of civil and commercial judgments between the EU and EFTA states. It ...

What do we want from the EU-UK negotiations


The Law Societies have continued to call on negotiators from both sides to work towards a deal. While the draft legal texts published by both sides demonstrate a different approach to the negotiations, there are plenty of examples of shared aims or instances where the end goal is mirrored by ...

What are we doing to support members


Against this backdrop, the Law Societies have been advising members that they must prepare for the significant changes which will kick in from the start of next year, both within their own businesses and for clients.

Irreconcilable differences? Key sticking points in the EU-UK negotiations


We unpack some of the key sticking points in the EU-UK negotiations: the architecture of the agreement, level playing field, fisheries and cooperation in the field of criminal justice - and analyse their implications and impact on the negotiations dynamics.

What is an FTA and what it is not


The currently negotiated EU-UK future partnership agreement (FPA) has not yet a determined scope or structure. The UK proposed a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) to govern the economic relationship between the two blocs. The EU proposed a more comprehensive agreement, with an FTA-style part to govern the economic relationship ...

6 months to go: Brexit and legal services


With formal confirmation that the transitional period will not be extended under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, it now appears very likely that the future relationship with the EU will commence from the 1st January 2021. This decision immediately preceded the meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European ...


UK Government publishes draft legal text for UK-EU free trade agreement


The UK Government published on 19 May the draft legal text for the future relationship with the EU. As expected, it contains a number of significant differences from the EU draft legal text published at the end of February. The Brussels Office will continue to monitor the reaction, including during ...

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