The future of the Union

The future of the Union

Our human connections—our friendships, relationships, business partnerships—they are underpinned because we are all in the same United Kingdom, and that is number one reason why we are stronger together: David Cameron

The Scottish Government doesn't want to lament decisions being taken at Westminster. We want to use the powers of independence to transform our country, rather than mitigate other people's mistakes. We want to get on with building a better Scotland; becoming a fairer and more prosperous country: Alex Salmond

Excited?

Nervous?

The Scottish independence debate has finally caught the imagination of those south of the border. Polls are indicating that the 'no' and 'yes' camps are neck and neck.

The markets have been spooked with billions of pounds having been wiped off stocks today and yesterday.

But you already know that don't you?

For the next 10 days the debate will take place at breakneck speed (certainly quicker than I can type). Passions will be roused and, I dare say, some people (in both camps) might even be jolly rude to one another.

To be expected, I suppose.

In any event, lawyers will need to know, understand and advise on the repercussions of Scotland leaving the Union.

To this end, check out this 32-page guide from Lexis®PSL on what you need to know: The future of the Union: Lexis®PSL Analysis. In it, we set out interviews with lawyers from a range of practice areas and sectors. The interviews highlight a range of views, both positive and negative, which will have a direct impact on the work of professionals on both sides of the border.

What's more, don't forget to check out our previous post on Comet (Scottish independence: what commercial lawyers need to know) for tips on what you should be keeping an eye out for now.

As always, if you have any thoughts, please do get in touch with us. Details below.

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About the author:
Helen Hart studied in Cardiff and Germany and qualified as a solicitor in 1998 after a training contract at Allen & Overy in London and Frankfurt. She spent over six years working in-house at Centrica plc and Palm Europe Limited focusing mainly on consumer, advertising and data protection law before returning to private practice at Stevens & Bolton where she was an associate in the corporate and commercial team. She worked for a legal publisher between 2008 and 2012 and has also worked in local government library services. Her main areas of expertise are general commercial law, advertising law and consumer law.