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Committee launches follow-up inquiry into civil justice cooperation post Brexit

15 May 2018

The EU Justice Sub-Committee launches a short, follow-up, inquiry into civil justice cooperation post Brexit by hearing from the UK Law Societies and a representative from the Bar Council.

Background

The report 'Brexit: justice for families, individuals and businesses?' published in March 2017 looked at what alternative plans the Government has to replace the loss of EU Regulations which govern cooperation in civil and family law in the UK post-Brexit.

The session on Tuesday will explore progress made so far during the Brexit negotiations, the contents of the Withdrawal Agreement which include provisions addressing civil justice cooperation during the transition period, and the Government's response to the inquiry.

Witnesses

Tuesday 15 May in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.45am

  • Dr Helena Raulus, Head of Brussels Office, UK Law Societies, Joint Brussels Office
  • Mr Alexander Layton QC, 20 Essex Street, representing the Bar Council

Possible questions include:

  • The Law Society warned that the uncertainty caused by Brexit was already having an impact on the UK’s market for legal services. One year on, what is your assessment?
  • What steps has the Government taken to mitigate the uncertainty to the continued operation of the so-called Brussels Regulations caused by Brexit?
  • What is your assessment of the (as yet) unagreed provisions in the draft Withdrawal Agreement addressing the application of the Brussels regime during the transition period (Article 63)?
  • How do neighbouring States of the EU such as Norway and Switzerland resolve cross-border family disputes?
  • To what extent does the Government’s redline on the jurisdiction of the CJEU limit the alternatives available to the UK? What viable alternatives are available to the UK that do not rely on the CJEU?

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