As the political uncertainty continues, both the Law Society of England and Wales and the UK Government have both published information to support businesses, and specifically for solicitors.
The Government has published a series of notices on how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The most relevant of these for solicitors are handling civil legal cases involving EU countries and providing services including those of a qualified professional. The Solicitors Regulation Authority has also published guidance for EU lawyers practising in the UK.
The Law Society has carried out extensive work on the potential effects of Brexit on its members, and to date has published a series of documents that will be of use to solicitors in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. The Law Society’s must-read guidance highlighting the changes that will occur and the steps members can take if we leave the EU in March a deal can be found here:
The Law Society has prepared an extensive overview of the national regulations that apply in each jurisdiction in the EU/EFTA. This can be requested by Law Society members from the International Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law Society also forms part of the UK Delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), who recently published extensive guidance on the effect of all Brexit scenarios on practice rights both for EU lawyers working in the UK and for UK lawyers working in the EU