Barristers from north and south discuss challenges of Brexit at annual meeting

Barristers from north and south discuss challenges of Brexit at annual meeting

Representatives of the barrister profession on both sides of the border focused on the impact of Brexit on the legal and justice sectors at the seventh annual Joint North South Bar Meeting.

The Bar of Ireland hosted the delegation from The Bar of Northern Ireland in Dublin on Friday amid continuing uncertainty over the Brexit process.

In addition to Brexit, the meeting discussed issues including the prosecution of sex crimes in each jurisdiction and reform of the family law system.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Micheál P O’Higgins SC, chairman of The Bar of Ireland, said: “The Council of The Bar of Ireland is delighted to welcome our colleagues from The Bar of Northern Ireland for this most important annual event which provides a unique opportunity for practitioners to discuss areas of mutual concern, particularly the uncertainty surrounding the implications of Brexit.

“Currently both jurisdictions enjoy a significant level of cooperation in bilateral legal arrangements with the UK which may be impacted post-Brexit and we welcome the opportunity to discuss this and other important matters with our colleagues from Northern Ireland.”

Sarah Ramsey, chair of The Bar of Northern Ireland, said: “The annual joint meeting of The Bar of Ireland and Bar of Northern Ireland has for several years been a valuable opportunity to share common policy and strategic issues, develop joint best practice and to further cement the close historical bonds between the Bars on this island.

“Our Bars are determined to ensure that these bonds and close working relationships are strengthened in the face of Brexit uncertainty. As a tangible example of this shared purpose we were delighted to have recently facilitated a special call ceremony that enabled unprecedented numbers of our respective Bars to be called to practice in each jurisdiction.”

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