Monitoring the impact of Brexit on policy and law reform, and the legal profession generally, is a high priority for the Law Society.

Our response  and commentary is being coordinated across the range of Policy Committees for the benefit of the profession, the public and Government.

Keep up-to-date

We look forward to updating you via our policy papers, seminars and articles in the coming months and in response to the changing environment. Check in regularly for related and timely Brexit articles, reports and other resources:


The Society and the Bar of Ireland made a submission urging the Government to seize the opportunities presented by Brexit, and promote Ireland as a leading centre for legal services. Read Promoting Ireland as a leading centre globally for international legal services 

Brexit in the Gazette 

See below for a list of useful articles published since 2016. Have you an idea for Brexit article that relates to legal policy, areas of practice or client care? Contact our Policy and Government Affairs manager, Fiona Cullen.


Human Rights


  • Brexit IP Dividend – April 2018: Intellectual property on-shoring to Ireland rather than Britain will be a key dividend of Brexit according to Matheson.
  • Carpe Diem? - Oct 2016 (2 of 2): In their second article on the impact of Brexit on intellectual property, Helen Johnson and Jane Bourke focus on protected geographical indications, trademarks and designs, trade secrets, litigation and commercial contracts. 
  • Another fine mess! - Aug/Sept 2016 (1 of 2)- The Brexit results continue to stun. In a two-part article, Helen Johnson and Jane Bourke consider the potential impact on intellectual property rights in both Britain and Ireland and ask whether Britain’s setback is Ireland’s gain.

Dispute Resolution

Family Law

  • Let’s call the whole thing off - June 2017: In a follow-up to ‘Separation anxiety’ by Keith Walsh in the May issue, Jennifer O’Brien assesses the impact of Brexit on international family law cases. 
  • Separation Anxiety - May 2017: The folly of Brexit may be visited on divorcing couples where there is an interjurisdictional dispute involving Britain – this will not only affect wealthy litigants, but also those who can least afford it, writes Keith Walsh.

Criminal Law

  • Brextradition - Jan/Feb 2017: Brexit is set to have a significant impact on extradition between Ireland and Britain. Ray Briscoe takes a look at how such business could be conducted post-Brexit 

Financial Services

  • Breaking Bad - Dec 2016: Brexit could result in British banks being unable to sell their services throughout the EU – and international financial institutions might scale back their operations and move elsewhere. Cillian Bredin and Kate Curneen sense some bad chemistry for Britain’s financial services sector.


The following links may assist in understanding the issues arising from Brexit. The sources are generally governmental, and also include a number of think-tanks that offer differing perspectives on legal issues that arise in this area.

Irish Government

Irish agencies, bodies and institutions

UK Government 

Other Law Societies/Bar Council

EU Commission

European Parliament

European Council


CCBE Guidelines for Bars & Law Societies 

International Bar Association

Other EU links

Library Brexit resources and collection 

The Library offers a reading list of Brexit resources to members of the Law Society.

For more information on Library resources, visit the library online or contact

Please note: The Society does not accept responsibility for the content of external links. Practitioners and other visitors should check that the information accessed through external links is up-to-date. The above is intended merely to assist practitioners.

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