Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 23 October 2017


“The first phase of the article 50 negotiations has not made enough progress, especially on money. The phase one issues — rights, money and Ireland — will have to be re-examined in December. Disagreements and gulfs remain. There is no agreement on a transition after March 2019. Discussion of phase two, the future UK-EU relationship, remains on hold. Meanwhile, the clock ticks on.”

“On Brexit, the EU27 voted quickly and with rock-solid unity to declare that there has not yet been “sufficient progress” in the talks, kicking a decision on moving to phase 2 until the next summit, in December. That much was expected. The summit, however, provided new and additional clarity that progress hinges mainly on the financial settlement.”

“Almost half also think that the no-deal scenario threatened by ministers would be “bad” for Britain, and reject outright the hard Brexit plan to abandon talks at Christmas if the EU does not allow progress, according to the poll.”

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“The change to the parental leave rules will require all chambers to have a policy that allows any member who becomes the carer of a child to take parental leave. Though the precise details of such policies are for individual chambers to decide, the new rule mandates that flexible working arrangements be available to members during their parental leave. Both the BSB and the Bar Council will be producing additional guidance on this change, and chambers will have until November 2018 to update their policies.”

“The report highlights that LeO is investing in a major programme of change to improve business processes and developing its staff through the Modernising LeO programme. Its work goes above and beyond complaints by feeding back to service providers through courses, guidance documents, Periscope videos and conferences.”

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