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Jan 07, 2021 Admin 0 comments
Brexit and the Legal Industry: Uncertainty Remains

The Brexit deal that was reached just before Christmas 2020 comes as a major relief to EU and UK businesses who feared chaos and uncertainty after a possible no-deal. Change will come however and consequences for businesses on both sides are inevitable. The legal industry is no exception. The consequences for law firms and lawyers remain, however, to a large extent unclear.

A brief section in the Trade Agreement is dedicated to legal services and presents the basis for UK lawyers providing services in the EU and vice versa. Key element is that EU Law (i.e. the law system produced by the EU Institutions and overruling the national law of each Member State in case of conflict) is a forbidden area for UK lawyers providing services in one of the EU Member States. They are allowed, subject to local registration requirements, to provide services in relation to UK law and to public international law, excluding EU law. On the other hand, lawyers qualified in one of the EU Member States are allowed to provide services in the UK, but only in relation to their home jurisdiction and in relation to public international law (again, EU law excluded).

This restricts the room to manoeuvre when offering legal services overseas. Now UK lawyers are excluded from practicing EU law, they are de facto denied access to the European market. One of the solutions is to comply with the respective regulatory frameworks of EU Member States and to qualify as a lawyer in one of the EU jurisdictions. A qualified UK lawyer who also qualifies in Belgium can count Belgium as his or her home jurisdiction (the jurisdiction in which the professional title is acquired) and would be able to offer full legal services in Belgium, including EU law. (NB: Several firms have already registered some of their lawyers in Ireland and with the Brussels Bar in Belgium).

The amount of UK lawyers qualifying in EU Member States will probably be limited. A more likely consequence is an increase in local counsel instructions coming from UK-based firms. This constitutes opportunities for EU firms and increases the relevance of a well-designed referral system for EU-based firms to be rolled out in the direction of their British counterparts.

It should be noted in this respect that nothing prevents UK firms not yet present in the EU Member States’ jurisdictions to establish a branch in the EU through which services can be provided. However, the services provided can only be in relation to UK law and public international law (excl. EU law). Establishment of a branch and the delivery of legal services remain subject to local requirements, such as Bar registration and other applicable regulations.

Another consequence is likely to be felt in the legal disputes sector. There is uncertainty to what extent judgments of the British courts will be recognised in the EU. This will have an effect on the number of cases in the UK as it is potentially no longer the preferred jurisdiction to solve legal disputes.

Although the deal is on the table, and many economic sectors are relieved that a worse-case scenario has been avoided, it may feel like a hard Brexit to the legal sector – especially in the UK. On the other hand, law firms have been anticipating for a long time and are prepared for what is to come. Ways will be found to create a stronger basis for non-EU lawyers operating in the EU. Uncertainty remains, but the future might be brighter than many had believed. After all, isn’t uncertainty the one of the most fertile grounds for the legal industry?

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Jan 23, 2020 Admin 0 comments
Noerr further expands presence in Brussels, responding to increasing prominence of EU antitrust and competition cases

Noerr expands its presence in Brussels, responding to the increasing prominence of EU antitrust and competition cases Venturis Consulting Group congratulates Noerr with its expansion of their European office in Brussels. After an in-depth strategic analysis of Noerr’s Brussels service offering and main business drivers, this is a major, first step to further expand Noerr’s […]

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Oct 25, 2019 Admin 0 comments
What it means to Operate internationally

Next week Gerard Tanja will participate in the IBA Regional Forum Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia and speak about what it means for national, independent firms to operate internationally in terms of service delivery, project management and organizational structure. After our successful client seminars at the Seoul Annual Conference of the IBA on international mergers and […]

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Dec 18, 2017 Admin 0 comments
Legal Tech Challenges – Elsevier Legal Lunch

Together with the Dutch publisher Elsevier, Venturis Consulting Group organized a Legal Lunch discussion about the influence of Legal Tech in today’s market and strategic decisions for law firms. Robert van Beemen, partner at Venturis Consulting Group and specialized in Legal Tech, Mark Kater (AKD), Erwin Bos (Simmons & Simmons), Johan Koggink (Van Benthem & Keulen) […]

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Dec 18, 2017 Admin 0 comments
Venturis Consulting Group and Elsevier – Family Law

Sabijn Dullaart, Partner at Venturis Consulting Group, discussed the current Family Law market with nine experts from Full-Service and Family Law firms during Elsevier’s Round Table. The Family Law practice in the Legal Sector has changed in the past years. The changes require a different way of working with other capabilities, a broader network of non-legal specialists and Legal Tech. Read the article […]

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Dec 13, 2017 Admin 0 comments
Relocation of EMA – The Dutch Legal Healthcare and Life Sciences Landscape

In 2019 the European Medicines Agency (EMA) moves to Amsterdam. An economic boost for the city of Amsterdam, almost 900 highly skilled employees, 36,000 visitors per year. What are the strategic challenges and opportunities for legal firms? In this market report Venturis Consulting Group investigates the current legal market regarding the Healthcare and Life Sciences sectors. […]

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Nov 01, 2017 Admin 0 comments
#UIA Congress – How Legal Tech affects the strategy and positioning of law firms

The Law Firms Forum of the #UIA organized a working session at their annual congress in Toronto about Legal Tech – The Impact of Technology on the Legal Profession. On behalf of Venturis Consulting Group, Robert van Beemen joined the discussion panel and gave a presentation about how Legal Tech affects the current strategy and […]

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Oct 23, 2017 Admin 0 comments
Venturis Consulting Group and Elsevier – Partnerships totally reversed

Lots of team spirit, wide career perspectives, flexible salaries and a continuous flow of evaluations. New generation lawyers bring a true revolution into the law firm sector. Sabijn Dullaart, Partner at Venturis Consulting Group, spoke with Elsevier about the next generation lawyers in the Legal Sector. Read the article (in Dutch). Download the file.

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Oct 23, 2017 Admin 0 comments
Venturis Consulting Group and Elsevier – Market changes in M&A

Together with the Dutch publisher Elsevier, Venturis Consulting Group organized a lunch about current changes in Merger and Acquisition Law Firms in the Netherlands. The advisory practice of M&A professionals changes a lot. The digitization of processes and the rise of new services causes a shift in the market conditions. Ten experts share their vision of their changing market. […]

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