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Brexit: government must safeguard legal sector, says City lobby group

Brexit: government must safeguard legal sector, says City lobby group

Professional services lobby group TheCityUK has urged the government to ensure the continuity and competitiveness of the UK's legal sector after Brexit.

A paper released by the group, The impact of Brexit on the UK-based legal services sector calls for 'urgent and clear articulation' on areas including enforceability of judgments from UK courts and the importance of English contractual law. The paper also stresses that English courts should be kept as a hub for businesses that want to resolve international disputes.

TheCityUK's paper also identifies recommendations for the government to consider to optimise the future legal framework including:

  • Providing an urgent and clear articulation of how the future position of the UK in cross-border civil justice within the EU will be addressed;
  • Continuing to allow firms to access legal talent and skills on similar terms to how they do now;
  • Continuing engagement with sector-specific industry bodies to assess and understand knock-on impacts of Brexit on the legal sector

The Law Society has also called on the government to ensure recognition and enforcement of judgments, collaboration on policing and security, and that UK lawyers are able to practise and base themselves in EU member states.

Source: Law Gazette

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