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Government support for Legal Services Sector Brexit Initiative

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08-01-2019

Eversheds Sutherland were delighted to have contributed, on behalf of the Bar Council and Law Society, to the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan’s Legal Services Sector Brexit Initiative.

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has announced that the Government has agreed to support the joint initiative of the Bar of Ireland, the Law Society and the wider legal community in promoting Ireland as a leading centre globally for international legal services. The initiative, which is also being supported by IDA Ireland, will now form a component of the Government’s Brexit strategy.

Minister Flanagan said: “I want to compliment our legal sector for taking this key initiative. While the ultimate outcome of the Brexit negotiations remains to be seen, the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union will leave Ireland as the only English-speaking common law jurisdiction in the Union. We will be well placed to provide expanded international litigation and arbitration services.

Having been supportive of this initiative in its development, the Government has today expressed its support in more formal terms. We recognise the initiative as a timely means of positively exploiting the competitive advantages of our courts and legal systems, which are of global renown, in the provision of EU and other international legal services in a post-Brexit setting. This will also enhance Ireland’s international reputation in terms of the wider economy.”

Please see the Bar of Ireland and the Law Society full proposal "Promoting Ireland as a leading centre globally for international legal services" here.

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