Release date: 30/10/2019
Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan TD announces former Taoiseach John Bruton as Chair of the Group.
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has announced that former Taoiseach, John Bruton, has agreed to accept the position of Chair of the Brexit Legal Services Implementation Group that will support the effective realisation of the initiative that seeks to promote Ireland as a leading centre globally for international legal services post-Brexit.
The Implementation Group was announced in January after the Government gave its formal backing to the initiative. This initiative, led by The Bar of Ireland in conjunction with the Law Society of Ireland and the wider legal community, with support from the IDA, aims to position Ireland to fully capitalise on the opportunities that may arise from the UK exiting the European Union and forms part of the Government’s broad economic response to Brexit.
Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the Group Micheál P O’Higgins SC said; “The Bar of Ireland has been driving the Legal Services Initiative since 2017 and we are delighted that John Bruton has been appointed as Chair of the Implementation Group. His record as a chairman and wealth of national and international experience makes him an ideal candidate to advance this key initiative.
The UK’s departure from the EU offers a real opportunity to increase the market for international legal services in Ireland. The appeal of Ireland post-Brexit builds on our status as an English-speaking common law country and remaining EU Member State with internationally reputable and enforceable legal and courts system. This Implementation Group will play a vital role in realising the full opportunity that this scenario presents.”
The full text of the 21-page proposal is available here.