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UK legal services set to benefit from Australian trade deal

The new deal, agreed in principle between prime minister Boris Johnson and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison in June, removes barriers for businesses and makes it easier for people to travel and work together

UK legal services are set to enjoy an export boost due to the UK-Australia trade deal which now makes it easier for British lawyers to practise in Australia.

The new deal, agreed in principle between prime minister Boris Johnson and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison in June, removes barriers for businesses and makes it easier for people to travel and work together.

Under the deal, which is set to be signed in the next few months, British lawyers can continue to provide UK and international legal services in Australia using their existing qualifications with more clarity and certainty. This will include arbitration, conciliation and mediation services.

New provisions will also support regulators on both sides to address obstacles and remove red tape make it easier for lawyers to get the necessary licences to practise.

Liz Truss, international trade secretary, said: “Our trade deal with Australia is a big win for our world-leading legal services industry, allowing them to practise down under more easily, with more certainty and support.

“This deal will reduce barriers to trade, make it easier for our people to travel and work together, and will bring big benefits to our consumers and businesses.”

Stephanie Boyce, president, Law Society of England and Wales, added: “The FTA establishes and drives collaboration between the relevant bodies with the aim of addressing remaining barriers to practise as a local lawyer in the other country’s territory.

“We now look forward to taking new steps to facilitate international business with our colleagues in Australia. While the final agreement is yet to come, these commitments are a step in the right direction for both our legal professions and we will continue to seek the best deal for members in these discussions.”

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