The Law Society, the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales and thus a British counterpart to the Swedish Bar Association, has issued a guidance regarding Brexit and its impact on the legal sector. Whether there will be a deal or a so-called “hard Brexit” is still unclear, but the Law Society intends to prepare its members on both outcomes. In that regard, the Law Society recently updated its no-deal guidance.
The no-deal guidance comprises several different legal areas. For example, there is guidance on consumer law, intellectual property and data protection, as well as civil and commercial co-operation. The aim is to highlight the changes that will occur and present key points to consider in relation to each legal area. One such key point, regarding data protection, is that if a business’ data processing relies on consent obtained while the UK is still a member of the EU, the business should consider obtaining it again, as it is unclear whether UK businesses relying on consent in processing personal data within the EU can continue to do so following a no-deal Brexit.
For those of our clients that are active on or connected to the British market, the guidance may be highly relevant. We would therefore recommend anyone affected and/or interested to explore the information provided.
The Law Society’s no-deal guidance can be found here.
We would also recommend exploring the Brexit no-deal preparedness information published by the European Commission, which can be found here, as well as the national Brexit information published by the Government Offices of Sweden, found here.