Law Society says Brexit negotiations must ‘preserve the rights’ of the legal sector
16 February, 2017
In a report entitled Brexit and the law, the Law Society has called upon the Government to ‘preserve the rights’ of the UK’s £26billion legal sector during Brexit negotiations with the European Union (EU).
The full report, which can be accessed here urges the Government to:
- Consider continued access for UK solicitors to practise in EU member states.
- Maintain mutual recognition and enforcements of judgements.
- Collaborate with the EU in terms of security, policing and criminal justice.
- Promote England and Wales as a ‘jurisdiction of choice’.
The Society’s report reads: “From the legal sector’s view, continued free movement would be beneficial economically, but we of course recognise that there is a competing public policy commitment to control immigration”.
Robert Bourns, President of the Law Society, added: “The legal sector underpins the UK economy – and not just because it is worth more than £25.7 billion in its own right.
“In every part of the economy people rely on the advice and support of solicitors.
“A 1 per cent growth in the legal services market creates 8,000 jobs. Each £1 of additional turnover stimulates £1.39 in the rest of the economy. And the legal economy grew by 8 per cent last year.”
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