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Brexit and the legal services market jigsaw

One piece of the puzzle has fallen into place but uncertainty over the whole persists, writes Iain Miller

4 April 2017

The legal services market is one of the UK’s great success stories. This was further emphasised by two recent parliamentary select committee reports by the House of Commons justice select committee (‘Implications of Brexit for the justice system’) and the House of Lords European law committee (‘Brexit: trade in non-financial services’).

The justice select committee observed: ‘The UK’s legal services sector contributes £25.7bn to the UK economy, or 1.6 per cent of gross value added. It generates £3.3bn in annual export revenue and employs some 370,000 people (of whom roughly two-thirds work outside London).’

The committee further stated: ‘The legal services sector underpins many areas of UK economic activity. Its ability to continue to facilitate these in the EU will diminish without protection of existing practising rights...

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