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    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 ...

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 ...

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    Brexit: where to next for the UK & EU?


    Over 1,000 days have passed since the polls closed in the EU referendum, and the last several months in UK politics have seen a stark rise in political tension as MPs continue to debate the final shape that Brexit should take. Developments in the UK have been closely monitored by ...

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    No more non-market economy status? Commission proposes new rules on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy


    The European Commission has proposed two sets of amendments to the basic anti-dumping and anti-subsidy Regulations, 2016/1036 and 2016/1037.  The proposals are designed for different purposes but both will, if passed into law, result in significant changes to the operation of trade remedies in the EU.  

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    Implications for the profession of a no-deal Brexit


    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 ...

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    New statute and the revocation of Article 50


    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 ...

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


    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 ...

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    The Law Society of Northern Ireland and Brexit


    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 ...

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    Brexit: the UK and Scotland


    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 20 th anniversary of the opening of Scottish Parliament, and as the physical embodiment of Scottish devolution from the UK parliament, it has grown ...

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    Brexit and the Law Society of Scotland (updated March 2019)


    Alison Atack, President of the Law Society of Scotland, discusses how the Law Society continues to inform and advise its members while also acting as a strong advocate for their interests in Edinburgh, London and Brussels, with additional text discussing events since January. 

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    Migration in the UK post-Brexit


    With six months to go until the UK leaves the EU, the Government is yet to give a firm indication of what migration arrangements will be implemented post-Brexit. Migration was a defining issue in the UK’s June 2016 referendum on EU membership, which divided many and still continues to do ...

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    Is Europe failing migrant children in their access to justice?


    Upon arrival to the EU, migrant children face systematic barriers to their right to access justice.

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    European Commission looks to modernise civil justice cooperation


    On 31 May 2018, the European Commission released a statement outlining its proposals to modernise and digitalise EU civil judicial cooperation for cross-border civil and commercial cases in the EU, and in particular the service of documents. 

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    e-Evidence Initiative published by European Commission


    The European Commission have published an e-Evidence Initiative, which was devised with the intention of creating a new framework for EU Member States to access e-evidence, consisting of content data and metadata, across borders. 

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    App that saves phone data aims to help victims of crime


    An app has been launched which automatically saves various data, including texts and phone calls, irrespective of whether they are subsequently deleted from the phone. The app is able to present this data in a way that can be used both by law enforcement agencies and as certified evidence in ...

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    Is the Sugar Tax set to leave a sour taste in consumers' mouths?


    The Soft Drinks Industry Regulations 2018, otherwise known as the “Sugar Tax”, came into force on 6 April 2018 and will impact consumers, producers and practitioners alike. 

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    It is time for Europe to solve the issue of dual quality of products


    Olga Sehnalová MEP gives her persective on past developments and the future work that needs to be done to protect consumers from the problem dual quality of food products across the European Union.

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    CCBE comments on the proposed Directive regarding collective redress


    On 18 May, the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) issued a set of preliminary comments on the recently published proposal from the Commission for a Directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers.