In our second Brexit event of the day, the chamber welcomed Lucy Frazer QC MP at the UK Law Society’s for a round table on EU-UK Civil Judicial Cooperation. There were a very broad range of issues discussed at the roundtable event. Many members were concerned about issues that were not covered in the White Paper what was released before summer.
The UK’s withdrawal from the EU has created many legal complications due to the intertwining of UK and EU law. It can be seen as one of the largest areas to negotiate in the agreement as companies wish for the legal protection to remain consistent, or at least to have a large enough transition period so that the adjustment is smooth. However, the withdrawal means that current practices will have to change. Thus, this event was key for our members who were interested in these complications to see how government decisions will influence all types of law.
There topics discussed during the round table included the protection of Citizens’ rights, the protection of consumers, arrest warrants, family law, the details of joining the Lugano convention and how a Britain in Lugano would look.
The Minister of Justice was very open in discussions and members were eager to share their opinions on how law will be impacted by Brexit. Furthermore, the Minister also encouraged our members to suggest how the government can assist businesses in the process of Brexit and what areas companies are most concerned about.
Following the event, Helena Raulus, UK Law Societies Head of Brussels Office and Single Market Task Force Chair at the British Chamber provided a short statement on the event. “This round able brought together representatives from the business and legal industry to discuss the consequences of Brexit where businesses need to be able to settle their EU-UK cross-border disputes. These consequences have a direct impact on the overheads of the cross border litigation, proving the usefulness of having an informative session on the options available.”
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Lucy Frazer QC MP was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice on 9 January 2018. Lucy was elected the Conservative MP for South East Cambridgeshire in 2015. Her ministerial responsibilities include court services and reform, legal aid, family justice, and criminal law. Lucy has previously sat on the Education Committee (Jul 2015 – May 2017) and the Education, Skills and the Economy Sub-Committee (Nov 2015 - Sept 2016). Lucy practised as a barrister and was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 2013.