The Law Society of Scotland will be hosting the first of a series of Brexit-themed seminars on Thursday 3 November with an expert panel from the Scottish legal profession and academic community.
Thursday’s sold out event will combine keynote speeches and roundtable discussions on broad constitutional issues including constitutional reform, Scotland’s place in Brexit, Article 50, implications of ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ Brexit, independence and the Scotland Act. The panel of speakers includes Christine O’Neill, Chair at Brodies LLP; Professor Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law; and Dr Andrew Tickell, Lecturer of Law at Glasgow Caledonian University.
The first half of the evening will be live broadcast on the Society’s Facebook page and the recording available shortly afterwards for those unable to attend.
Eilidh Wiseman, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “We want to provide a leading voice as the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union moves forward and ensure the interests of our members and their clients are heard as decisions are taken on a new relationship with Europe.
“The vote to leave the EU raises a number of legal issues and questions that are important for us all to consider – whether as a solicitor or as a client in Scotland, the UK and across the EU. The Law Society of Scotland will be monitoring these developments closely and we will strive to represent the public interest and the interests of our members from the initial transitional period, throughout the negotiations and in the implementation of the withdrawal agreement.”
In addition to hosting the series of seminars, the Law Society has published a discussion paper on the issues surrounding EU membership and has been responding to consultations from the UK and Scottish Parliaments. There is also a Brexit survey for Law Society members which, together with outcomes from the series of events, will inform a set of proposals for the UK Government’s negotiations.
For more information about the Law Society’s international work, visit the Law Society website: /members/international/our-international-work/eu-referendum-2016/