Brexit, law firms and political hires

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Ever since the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016, major law firms have been busy creating dedicated teams to advise companies on Brexit.

Specialist legal recruiters FRS is helping law firms build their Brexit teams. It says that 'the most successful teams are being built with trade partners from law firms in both London and Brussels; and lawyers currently working within Governmental entities.'[1]

Former government lawyers can earn significantly more money in the private sector. In return, law firms get people with not just the relevant legal skills, but also insider knowledge, or as FRS puts it: people with 'a unique understanding of the administrative and political processes across Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels'.

'Clients are already looking for advice on how to navigate new legislation and trade arrangements,' says FRS.

As a consequence, law firms are hiring politicians, government lawyers and other officials in a bid to position themselves as the go-to people for such advice.

Squire Patton Boggs' Brexit services have a dedicated website
DLA Piper says it 'will ensure' clients' priorities are 'recognised and included in the Brexit process and the resulting EU/UK trade agreement'

Law firms and Brexit-related, political hires

Click on the links for more info, including details of these law firms' Brexit services


  1. Building your Brexit Team, Fox Rodney publication (pdf), uploaded June 2017