Brexit

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:

State supports: opportunities for your clients

State Departments and trade agencies currently provide a range of supports to businesses as they prepare for the departure of the UK – in whatever shape that has yet to take.

Currently, two voucher schemes represent opportunities for firms to work with their clients in responding to challenges and prospects ahead.

Intertrade Ireland: ‘Start to Plan Vouchers’

As part of its Brexit Advisory Service, Intertrade Ireland provides 100% financial support up to £2000/€2000 (inclusive of VAT) towards professional advice in relation to Brexit matters.

The ‘Start to Plan Vouchers’ for professional services can apply to legal, tax, customs, supply chain and other cross border requirements. Qualifying criteria for businesses include: 

  • The company must be a registered small business (250 employees or less)and either an annual turnover of less than €50m or Balance Sheet total of under £43m.
  • The assistance requested must relate to a cross-border issue.
  • It must be a manufacturing or internationally tradable service companies.

For more information, see the InterTrade Ireland website.

Firms looking to join the panel of advisors are advised to contact 028 3083 4122 (048 from Ireland) or mark.sterritt@intertradeireland.com.

Enterprise Ireland: Be Prepared Grant 

The Be Prepared Grant offers up to €5,000 to assist in the cost of developing a strategic response to Brexit.

It is intended to provide support to clients to use external resources to undertake a short assignment to determine how the company could respond to the threats and opportunities of Brexit. The grant can be used to cover consultant’s fees, travel and expenses for both domestic and international employee travel. The support might involve:

  • Researching opportunities in new markets.
  • Investing in innovation to differentiate and stay ahead of the competition.
  • Reviewing and optimising sourcing, transport and logistic arrangements.
  • Strengthening financial and currency management.
  • Preparing a worst case scenario plan.
  • Understanding customs procedures with third countries.

The business must be an Enterprise Ireland client who is directly or indirectly exposed to the UK market. For more details, see the Enterprise Ireland Brexit site.  

More information

These State supports may provide a useful template to adopt for your clients. Full details of enterprise supports can be found at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation website.

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.

General

Human Rights

IP

  • 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’Brienassesses 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 Briscoetakes 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.

Resources/links

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

OECD

CCBE Guidelines for Bars & Law Societies 

International Bar Association

Other EU links

Library newsletter

Members can sign up for LawWatch - a weekly email for the Law Society of Ireland Library with the latest judgments, legislation and journal articles. 

View a sample newsletter - LawWatch on 9 November 2017.

To subscribe, contact libraryenquire@lawsociety.ie.

Library's Brexit reading list

The Library also 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 libraryenquire@lawsociety.ie

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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