European GCs barely work on Brexit

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In-house lawyers in Europe are barely working on Brexit-related matters, a new study has found.

Thomson Reuters Legal found in the “Attitudes to Brexit – In house lawyer perspectives across Europe” study that 75% of in-house legal departments in mainland Europe are spending less than 10% of their time preparing for Brexit. A majority spend no time at all on the issue, it said.

Only five respondents out of 254 said they were spending more than 25% of their time on Brexit-related issues. GCs in financial institutions are more likely to be preparing for Brexit.

Asked how departments’ services may change, 63% said it will be business as usual. For organisation’s with no legal needs in the UK, 73% said the same.

In terms of where legal departments are spending their time, respondents said time went to commercial contracts/ drafting (35%), industry regulation/compliance issues (14%), litigation/disputes (11%) and managing external counsel (10%). The survey also found that less than 25% of time was spent on advising senior management and the business.


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