The UK Law Societies’ Brussels Office invites you to a lunchtime seminar on 24 May 2018 on the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters following Brexit.

The Brussels I Regulation (Recast) provides an affordable and efficient framework for the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters across the European Union. It provides clarity on where proceedings should be initiated and makes it easier for certain groups (such as consumers, employees, the insured and SMEs) to enforce domestic claims across Europe.

A lack of UK participation in this framework post-Brexit may have negative consequences as a judgment creditor would face a patchwork of different national rules rather than a uniform system. In addition, enforcement under national law alternatives tend to be more expensive and with more unpredictable results.

The Lugano Convention, agreed between the EU and EFTA member states, provides one possible alternative for the UK. But would Lugano be a step back for the UK moving from the existing, adaptable framework to a more rigid international one?  

As this matter impacts many different sectors, this seminar brings together experts on cross-border litigation from the financial and SME spheres who have an extensive knowledge of both the EFTA and EU frameworks.


-          Georges Baur, Assistant Secretary General, EFTA

-          Sarah Garvey, Counsel, Allen & Overy, Chair of the Law Society of England and Wales EU Committee

-          Murk Muller, Advocaat and Rechtsanwalt

-          Peter Werner, Senior Counsel, International Swaps & Derivatives Foundation

-          Helena Raulus, Head of UK Law Societies Brussels Office

Date and time: 24 May, 12.30 – 14.30. A light lunch is provided.

Please register here