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No-deal Brexit—implications for lawyers

Published on: 12 September 2019
Published by: LexisPSL
  • No-deal Brexit—implications for lawyers
  • What is the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS)? How would it be affected in the event of a no-deal Brexit?
  • How will Registered European Lawyers (RELs) be affected by a no-deal Brexit?
  • How will a no-deal Brexit affect overseas offices of UK law firms? How are firms restructuring their operations to manage the consequences?
  • If EEA lawyers opt to become RFLs following a no-deal Brexit, how will their practising rights differ from the REL regime?
  • What restrictions will be placed on UK lawyers practising in the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit? Would registering in Ireland allow UK nationals to avoid these potential practice restrictions?
  • UK nationals practicing law in Belgium have started obtaining Belgian citizenship to ensure their right of audience and right to lawyer-client legal confidentiality remain in the case of no-deal Brexit. Is this an option in any other EU country?

Article summary

Practice Compliance analysis: A no-deal Brexit scenario would no doubt alter the landscape for legal practitioners, however, there is great uncertainty over what will happen. It is likely complications will arise in terms of qualifications, practice restrictions and for firms with offices in the UK and EU. Iain Miller, partner and Jessica Clay, senior associate at Kingsley Napley, highlight the key points of interest and offer vital information for practitioners. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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