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Brexit – impact on solicitors

The Law Society has issued guidance for solicitors on the impact of the postponement of the UK’s departure from the EU.

If the UK takes part in the May 2019 European elections, the UK’s departure will take place on 31 October 2019. If it does not and there is no withdrawal agreement in place, the UK will leave the EU on 1 June 2019 with no deal.

UK qualified solicitors will retain their rights under EU law until the end of the UK’s membership period. They will retain their ability to practise in EU member states and will have rights of audience before the EU courts. The legal status of solicitors will not change until the UK formally leaves the EU.

The Law Society also states that:

  • the UK’s participation in EU judicial co-operation in civil and commercial law will continue;
  • UK judgments will continue to be recognised and enforced in EU 27 states as they are today; and
  • the UK will continue to recognise and enforce EU 27 judgments in the same manner.

Clearly these are dates that we can report on at the moment – but this is a fast-changing area. We will report future changes if and when they arise. See (11 April 2019).


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