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The latest round of promotions at Ashurst has proven a good one for Australian lawyers.
Ten of the 24 new partners are in Australia while a further 3 are from elsewhere in Asia Pacific making a 54% share for the region. The other 46% are from Europe.
“At the moment disputes are handled by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) and, as an EU member, we’ve had judges sitting in that court and UK lawyers representing clients,” said Law Society president Joe Egan.
But although the CJEU will remain in jurisdiction during any transition period, the Society says it should not have direct jurisdiction over UK-EU disputes because the UK will no longer have full participation in the court.
Instead, it says there should be a UK-based mechanism to handle disputes, perhaps based on the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) Court.
“The mechanism needs to apply right across the final deal. It should continue to grant access to individuals to enforce their rights and be there for business as well,” said Joe Egan.
The CJEU will no longer have supremacy over UK law when the country leaves the EU.
Disputes lawyer Amanda Lees and financial markets lawyer Jonathan Quie both make partner in the largely-UK-based round of promotions.