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    Climate change and lawyers – what is the profession doing right now to tackle the crisis?


    Climate change is increasingly moving onto the table as a priority topic of discussion. In this article we highlight a few of the many organisations and groups that have been set up within the legal profession who are centred around climate change, knowledge-sharing and working collaboratively to develop climate-centric solutions. ...

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    The Law Society’s report, “Horizon Scanning - Climate change risks – the future of law as we know it?” - Key takeaway points


    This article provides a snapshot of key takeaway points from the Law Society’s report, “Horizon Scanning - Climate change risks – the future of law as we know it?” published in February 2020. This summary aims to provide food for thought for those in the legal profession as to the ...

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    Pandora Papers and the reaction of the European Union


    An article commenting on the reaction of EU insitutions to the Pandora Papers. Particular focus is paid to the response of the European Parliament with a summary provided of key discussion points raised in their parliamentary debate of the topic on Wednesday 6 October 2021. 

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    ​COP26 and beyond: role of the Law Society of Scotland’s COP26 & climate change working group and the legal profession by Emma Dixon


    Emma Dixon, a senior in-house lawyer, and convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s COP26 & Climate Change Working Group, discusses the impact of COP26 on legal professionals, in their individual and advisory capacity, and role of the Law Society of Scotland’s Working Group on COP26 and Climate Change in ...

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    Climate change and lawyers by Jonathan Goldsmith


    Jonathan Goldsmith, Consultant in European and International Legal Services, Council Member of Law Society of England and Wales, Chair of IBA BIC’s International Trade in Legal Services Committee and Member of UK Delegation to the CCBE provides insight into what climate change means for the legal profession. This article discusses ...

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    Covid-19 and travel: the current landscape


    This article discusses the current landscape regarding Covid-19 and travel abroad, especially focusing on travel rules for England and emphasising the need to review national travel requirements and those of the destination country before departure. 

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    Impact of Covid-19 on the justice system


    On 8 September 2021, the UK Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office held a webinar discussing Covid-19 and the impact on the justice system. We were joined by The Law Societies of England and Wales’ President, Stephanie I. Boyce, Northern Ireland’s Senior Vice President, Suzanne Rice and Scotland’s President, Ken Dalling, ...

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    September case law digest


    This month’s case law digest contains a number of important cases on migration and the operation of ‘zero tariff’ mobile plans. Following on from the declaration that Poland’s new disciplinary chamber breached EU law, we provide update on the surrounding circumstances such as Poland’s recent legal primacy challenge. Amongst other ...

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    Fuel supply crisis: Competition law and migration


    The Law Societies’ Brussels office focuses on the recent fuel shortage in the UK and the UK government’s response. This article provides comment on the involvement of competition law and migration in this continued response. 

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    Challenges to Asylum Law – Temporary Protection Directive


    This article provides a discussion of the Temporary Protection Directive and its potential use following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. 

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    Supporting the Legal Profession in Afghanistan


    Tony Fisher is the Chief Executive Officer and Partnership Member at Fisher Jones Greenwoods Solicitors and former Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. In this Viewpoint article, Tony provides a succinct overview of the Law Societies of Europe and Bar Associations’ approach ...

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    Summary of support announced by the UK Government for individuals in the UK who have fled Afghanistan


    The following article examines the measures the UK Government has put in place to support people in the UK who have fled Afghanistan. In particular, highlighting Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and the Afghanistan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

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    Commission President, Ursula Von der Leyen’s State of the Union 2021 address - key takeaway points


    The European Commission President gave the annual State of the Union speech on Wednesday 15 September 2021. In this article, we highlight some of the key action points for 2021/22 made in the announcement.

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    Migration – A view from the EU


    David Conlan Smyth, Senior Counsel of the Bar of Ireland and the Former Chair of Migration Law Committee, CCBE, provides an analysis of the EU’s view of the impact of the migration of Afghans fleeing the Taliban, the consequence for our lawyers’ project in Greece, and emphasises the importance of ...

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    British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) publishes its autumn courses offer


    For autumn 2021, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has expanded its programme of short courses to bring a wider range of international law topics to participants from across the world. Each course is convened and taught by international experts from BIICL’s own team in collaboration with ...

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    The Impact of Contact Sport Injuries


    In July 2021, the UK Parliament published a report based on a four-month inquiry conducted by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. The report was commissioned after an increasing number of sportspeople announced they had been diagnosed with dementia and various other long-term neurological issues.

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    Sports Broadcasting: Looking to the Future


    Avid sport enthusiasts will recall that, less than a decade ago, one only needed to purchase a subscription to a single sports channel in order to view almost all live events being broadcast. Nowadays, frustration is growing as rights are being sold to a multiplicity of broadcasters.

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    The European Super League and Competition Law


    On 18 April 2021, twelve football clubs across Europe announced the creation of the European Super League. Although most of the clubs have since withdrawn, the idea of a breakaway competition opened a discussion as to whether this could be legally challenged, and could sanctions be placed on football players ...

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    Gambling Advertising & Football


    On 2 July 2020 the Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry published its report with an emphasis on sports and gambling advertising.

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    Brexit Impact on Football Player Transfers


    The new rules for recruiting football players from within the European Union took effect from January 2021 and this will have a significant impact on the English Premier League.