Bar Council backs Justice Committee Brexit report
22 March 2017
The Bar Council has backed recommendations made by the Justice
Select Committee Brexit
report published today, including to ensure continued
co-operation on EU criminal justice and the mutual enforcement of
The report reflects many of the issues raised by the Bar
Council, both in evidence to the Committee and in
The Brexit Papers: Second Edition, and calls on the
Government to reduce the uncertainty for the legal services sector
as Brexit negotiations get underway.
A spokespersons said:"The Justice Committee have reached some
sensible conclusions in their report. Effective cross-border
arrangements to ensure continued co-operation with the EU on
criminal justice need to be maintained. Likewise in civil justice,
choice of jurisdiction together with mutual recognition and
enforcement of judgments (as well as equivalent arrangements in
family law) are in the UK's interest as well as in the EU's
interest post-Brexit. They are recommendations for which the Bar
Council, the Family Law Bar Association, and the Criminal Bar
Association have been arguing.
"The Justice Committee recognise that the annual contribution of
the UK legal services sector of £25.7 billion to UK GDP is valuable
and is valued by small businesses and large corporations as well as
by individuals. The importance of the City of London as a leading
global centre of international dispute resolution is also key to
the continued success of the financial and many other service
sectors. The contribution of legal services to the UK's future
prosperity needs to recognised and protected during the coming
negotiations with the EU.
"The report recognises that the inevitable period of uncertainty
during the Brexit negotiations could damage the UK legal services
sector, especially in the commercial field. The Bar Council
welcomes the Committee's call on the Government to provide more
information to reduce the level of uncertainty in the sector
without compromising the UK's negotiating position.
"We also support Justice Committee's conclusion that the
Government should ensure, as a matter of priority, that
transitional arrangements are agreed for criminal, civil and family
law co-operation with the EU, to come into effect when Brexit
"We look forward to the Government's response to the Justice
Committee's report. "
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