12th Annual Bar Leaders’ Conference

24 May - 25 May 2017

Session information

Brexit: opportunities or challenges for bar associations and law firms


Bar Issues Commission (Lead)
Bar Issues Commission (Lead)


In June 2016 the United Kingdom (UK) in a referendum voted to leave the European Union (EU). However, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain. The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has indicated that Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, the formal procedure for withdrawing, will be invoked by the end of March 2017. • What are the implications for law firms and bar associations in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland presented by the UK withdrawing from the EU? • What are the opportunities and challenges for these law firms and bar associations posed by such withdrawal? • What are the challenges and opportunities posed by such withdrawal for law firms and bar associations located outside the UK?


Bertrand Debosque Bignon Lebray Avocats, Lille, France
Ian Huddleston Law Society of Northern Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland; President / Chairperson, Member Organisations