The future of law and a no-deal Brexit

The future of law and a no-deal Brexit


Three years after the UK referendum on EU membership, and six months on from the original withdrawal deadline, the UK has still not left the EU. However, since Boris Johnson replaced Theresa May as Prime Minister the government’s stance has hardened. The potential of a no-deal Brexit is here to stay, and the PM has reiterated that without a doubt, the UK will leave the EU on 31st October 2019, with or without a deal.


As the government upscales its public campaign to urge us to prepare for a no-deal outcome, here at LexisNexis we have been working alongside industry leaders to understand what this means for the legal industry.


Our report, ‘Continental Shift: No-deal Brexit & the law’ (available to download below), focuses on the key issues, priorities and contingency planning for legal professionals.  It aims to cut through the politics and give you, the legal community, just the need-to-know information. 



So, what is the impact of a no-deal Brexit? And more importantly, what are the implications for lawyers?


A force for change


Law firms will be directly impacted by the changes to the law. Updated employment law and immigration law is sure to impact on many firms. However, law firms cannot just look at the impact of Brexit on them. They also need to understand the diverse implications on their clients.


International companies who deal with the free trade of goods and services in the European Union (EU), and the free movement of employees will experience substantial change. Cross-border transit, EU funding, supply chain, international brand names, and so on, will also be subject to radical change.


Many clients will not be prepared for what a no-deal Brexit means for them. With rapidly shifting dynamics on both sides of the channel, companies will look to legal professionals for guidance on the practical implications for their business.  


The LexisNexis report, 'Continental Shift: No-deal Brexit & the law' aims to address these post-Brexit legal issues head on – what will be the effects on trade priorities, or the EU’s international agreements? How do actions differ by UK territory? What are the steps that immigration practitioners should take?


It has been a long journey so far. We hope to guide you to the end smoothly – or whatever smooth looks like, in Brexit terms. 


Mis-information overload


Today, a quick Google search is often the starting point for desk research. But with the complexities of Brexit, briefings and counter briefings between the Government and… the Government, finding the truth is hard. When you are about to advise a client, it’s better to feel confident that your information sources are trusted, robust and rooted soundly in up-to-date case law and legislation.


We aim to give you the tools you need to navigate any change, drawing on the work of our in-house legal teams across various practice areas and vertical markets.


LexisPSL: Brexit toolkits and practical guidance

Click below to view Brexit news, legislation, toolkits, practical guidance and FAQs.


Some content examples:


Brexit Toolkit

Practice Note - International Trade - Brexit Toolkit

Introduction to retained EU law

International trade - Brexit toolkit

Commercial - Brexit Tracker

Brexit legislation tracker

Set up Brexit alerts



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About the author:

Amy is an established writer and researcher, having contributed to publications, such as The Law Society, LPM, City A.M. and Financial IT. Her role at LexisNexis UK involved leading content and thought leadership, as well as writing research reports, including "The Bellwether Report 2020, Covid-19: The next chapter" and "Are medium-sized firms the change-makers in legal?"