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:

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 Public Affairs Manager, Cormac Ó Culáin.

  • 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. Keith Walsh explains.
  • 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 
  • 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. 
  • 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.  
  • Should I stay or should I go - July 2016  - Some of the promises made by the Brexiteers’ during the recent referendum on EU membership were based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the economic and political union between member states. Gary Fitzgerald holds the door ajar.  


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

Other Irish links

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

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Library's Brexit reading list

The Library also offers a reading list of Brexit resources to members of the Law Society - for details:

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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