As a result of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, the UK has entered a transition period, whereby existing EU law and regulations will continue to apply until 31 December 2020.

It is the UK Government’s intention to agree a trade deal with the EU by the end of the transition period. We are working with the Government to understand how this deal may impact on the provision of legal services in England and Wales and we will update this page and provide further information on likely amendments to the BSB Handbook when more is known.

If you are a Registered European Lawyer (REL) and would like to know more about transferring to the Bar, please see the information for transferring lawyers in the Bar Qualification Manual.


The UK government has published the following guidance: