After a protracted and often acrimonious negotiation, the UK finally left the EU on 31 January 2020. This, then, is the first ‘post-Brexit’ edition of the European Advocate. It is also the first edition in some 20 years without Philip Moser QC at the helm as editor. I would like to thank him for the wonderful work he has done in bringing us this publication to fruition on its gentle seasonal cycle over the years.
Evanna Fruithof, consultant director of the Bar Council’s Brussels office, looks at whether UK lawyers will have cross-border practice rights in the EU.
Stephanie Dare, a lawyer at Clifford Chance, analyses the government’s new EU settlement Scheme and asks what steps businesses employing EU nationals should be taking.
The BEG scholars report on the Bar European Group’s overseas meeting in 2019, held in Poland on the theme ‘The EU and the UK: solidarity past, present and future’.
Martin Howe QC, of 8 New Square, asks how much will change for intellectual property now that Britain has left the European Union, and what challenges lie ahead.
Philip Moser QC
The new editor of the Advocate has kindly asked me to contribute a short piece in the style of the ‘editor’s note’ that I wrote over almost twenty years as editor of this magazine. In the internal jargon I used with the publisher, I used to call this the ‘ednote’. Accordingly I think of this as the endnote.
Phillip Souta speaks to Jolyon Maugham QC who was centre stage of the legal battles that happened around Brexit. Was trying to stop Brexit in the courts right and what might its legacy be?
Gergely Polner, a partner at Hanbury Strategy, and Phillip Souta, the Advocate’s editor, discuss the legal basis for a future UK-EU trade agreement.