The Telegraph, June 12, Barnabas Reynolds
With Brexit done the UK must now seize every opportunity to export, focusing on existing successes and developing new ones. One obvious UK export is legal services, a professional service among the most valued the world over. The UK’s approach to law, which is pragmatic, quick and suited to fleet-of-foot businesses, offers great opportunities to a post-Brexit global Britain. By contrast with the EU’s approach, weighed down by the many regulatory layers of the EU’s code-based civil law, it is poised to win.
Lawyers around the world may have different roles, but their basic functions are the same. They help the wheels of commerce by enabling people and countries to buy and sell, to trade and to make “deals” under the rule of law. They advise on legitimate ways to achieve their clients’ objectives, preparing documents which reflect the wishes of commercial parties.
Good lawyers are innovative and collaborative, finding the means to facilitate business when others might see only obstacles. However, not all of the world’s lawyers are able to achieve the same level of results for their clients. Much depends on the legal systems within which they operate.
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