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Uncertainty ahead in 2017

With Brexit looming and the profession’s reputation under attack from the press and the public, John van der Luit-Drummond predicts the upheaval of this year will continue into the next

19 December 2016

2016, a year that can be used as a noun, verb, and adjective, will live long in the memory; for some, it’s been wholly positive, for others, less so. Regardless of one’s subjective view, this political shock fest of a year is about to give way to an uncertain future, especially for the legal profession.

The legal sector spoke with ‘one voice’ last week following publication of the Bar Council’s ‘Brexit Papers’, designed to help the government identify legal and constitutional priorities in the wake of the Leave vote. The Law Society is also set to launch a report which will, Chancery Lane says, present a comprehensive overview of the profession’s needs and expectations from the article 50 negotiations.

The forthcoming report will bring together key areas of concern, such as continued access for solicitors to practise in EU member states; rec...

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