Lord chief justice urges enforceability of EU rulings in UK post-Brexit – The Guardian
In his final speech at the annual Mansion House dinner for judges, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd blasted government delays in negotiating a settlement to protect Britain’s £25.7bn a year legal industry.
Addressing the white-tie event, the outgoing lord chief justice said: “It is essential for the UK that we work with the EU to ensure that there is a simple and flexible regime for the mutual recognition of enforcement of judgments for the future.
Thomas also pointed out that last Thursday the EU published interim arrangements on applicable law, jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments. “It is not necessary for me to say how it is … urgent and important to have certainty about these interim arrangements,” the lord chief justice added.
He is is the second senior judge in recent days to speak about the consequences of Brexit for the legal profession. Lord Neuberger, the outgoing president of the supreme court, gave a conference of visiting Australian lawyers a more upbeat assessment earlier this week.
He said: “We are determined that the United Kingdom’s forthcoming exit from the European Union will in no way undermine London’s status as the world centre for legal services generally and dispute resolution in particular.
“The common law, which is so attuned to the needs and realities of the commercial world, will remain as attuned to the demands of international business as it ever was. Indeed, left, once again, to our own common law devices, we will in some respects be able to react more quickly and freely to developments in our fast-changing world. Brexit does not alter the fact that lawyers and judges in the UK are as internationally minded and expert as they ever have been.”