Brexit Assessments

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Dear Law Society of Scotland,

This is a Freedom of Information request. I am interested in information from held by your organisation that relates to the process of planning and preparing for a possible future when the UK may not be a member of the European Union ("Brexit").

In particular:

1. How much has been spent on external consultants or support to advise on the implications and consequences of brexit, or recommend actions to mitigate any possible brexit impacts? If spend has occurred, please confirm the name of the supplier or suppliers and copies of any material produced by this process.

2. Please supply copies of any brexit planning documentation held by the organisation or consumed by senior management. This may include, but should not be limited to, Risk Assessments, Action Plans, Meeting minutes, Reports and presentations.

3. Please supply technical or advisory briefing documentation on brexit that has been produced by the organisation and supplied to other government agencies or bodies.

4. Please supply copies of any technical or advisory documentation that has been supplied to the agency from other public bodies that relates to Brexit contingency planning.

5. Please supply details of any assessment that has been made of the financial impact on the organisation, either positive or negative, of the brexit process. Has the organisation set-aside a contingency fund or invested as a direct consequence of the brexit process? If so, please provide summary details.

Please provide the requested information in electronic format. I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

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Dear Ally Tibbitt, [9]Lawscot
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Thank you for your email via whatdotheyknow.com which was received on 22
September 2018. The subject line indicates that you intended lodge a Freedom of
Information request. I would like to clarify that the Law Society of Scotland is
not a public body and as such is not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act. As an open and transparent organisation however we will respond
to requests for information where it is practicable for us to do so. As such, our
response to the various aspects of your request are as follows:

 

 1. At this point, we have not spent any money on external consultants or
support.  While we could envisage there being a need to seek advice on the
more complex legal and economic implications of Brexit for the law in
Scotland and the practice rights of our members, due to the uncertainty that
still exists while the terms of our withdrawal are still being negotiated, we
haven’t yet had cause to define what those needs might be.

 

 2. The Society's Board and Council have reviewed the possible consequences as
events have unfolded. Their consideration has been focused on the 5 areas of
our business, namely:

 

EDUCATION, TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS: mutual recognition of professional status
and qualifications, EU law as part of the route to qualification, visa
implications for EU trainee lawyers

FINANCE & OPERATIONS: pension scheme, investments, VAT, professional indemnity
insurance, employee status and rights

MEMBER SERVICES: advice to members on impact of Brexit on their business
(economic considerations) and practice (rules and guidance); CPD requirements

REGULATION: potential impact on current review in Scotland of regulation of legal
services

EXTERNAL RELATIONS: handling increased legislative scrutiny, responses to
consultations and inquiries, our representation in Brussels and membership of EU
organisations, internal and external communications requirements

 

 3. We have published all of our briefings and responses on [1]our website.

 

 4. We haven’t received anything specifically tailored for us; the main
technical/ advisory documentation that we have considered have been the [2]EU
Commission and [3]UK government’s technical or ‘preparedness’ notices.

 

 5. As mentioned in point 2 above, we have considered the impact of a no-deal
scenario on our pensions scheme and our investments in very broad terms. We
have not as yet felt it necessary to take action of the sort suggested below
as a direct consequence of the Brexit process.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mark Smith

External Relations Executive

Law Society of Scotland
 
0131 476 8183

 

From: Ally Tibbitt <[FOI #521146 email]>
Sent: 22 September 2018 11:55 AM
To: lawscot <[Law Society of Scotland request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Brexit Assessments

 

Dear Law Society of Scotland,

This is a Freedom of Information request. I am interested in information from
held by your organisation that relates to the process of planning and preparing
for a possible future when the UK may not be a member of the European Union
("Brexit").

In particular:

1. How much has been spent on external consultants or support to advise on the
implications and consequences of brexit, or recommend actions to mitigate any
possible brexit impacts? If spend has occurred, please confirm the name of the
supplier or suppliers and copies of any material produced by this process.

2. Please supply copies of any brexit planning documentation held by the
organisation or consumed by senior management. This may include, but should not
be limited to, Risk Assessments, Action Plans, Meeting minutes, Reports and
presentations.

3. Please supply technical or advisory briefing documentation on brexit that has
been produced by the organisation and supplied to other government agencies or
bodies.

4. Please supply copies of any technical or advisory documentation that has been
supplied to the agency from other public bodies that relates to Brexit
contingency planning.

5. Please supply details of any assessment that has been made of the financial
impact on the organisation, either positive or negative, of the brexit process.
Has the organisation set-aside a contingency fund or invested as a direct
consequence of the brexit process? If so, please provide summary details.

Please provide the requested information in electronic format. I look forward to
hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

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