The Importance of Learning Legal English Post-Brexit

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The Importance of Learning Legal English Post-Brexit

Britain’s exit from the EU could have a significant impact on legal practitioners in Vienna. You may have to squeeze legal English classes into your schedule.

The UK is expected to revise legacy EU laws which will change the relationship between Britain and EU members. Key areas include employment law, contract law, commercial law, administrative law and many others.

Although many of the legal implications of Brexit are still to be finalised, legal professionals and law students across Europe need to get to grips with legal English terms.

The early exchanges between London and Brussels were to put a post-Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) in place. The TCA will regulate the future relationship between the UK and mainland Europe and outline the approach to future negotiations.

In addition, some laws will be determined by the courts as and when disputes appear before a judge. A recent ruling in the Court of Appeal addressed the issue of English law versus Retained EU law.


Legal English Laws: Changed or Retained? 

Retained EU law is a carry-over from EU-derived legislation following Britain’s exit from the EU. These laws were incorporated into the English legal system as part of their obligation when Britain joined the EU.

However, claims appearing before UK courts with regards to incidents that happened after the UK’s initial departure in November 2018, may not be decided on legacy EU laws.

UK judges have the licence to determine their own ruling if they do not deem “retained laws” to be of any value or interest to UK citizens.

EU legislation that previously applied in the UK will now be amended by domestic law. The process of interpretation may include provisions under international law.

For example, the precedent case, Lipton & Anr v BA City Flyer Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 454, found in favour of the plaintiff in relation to a claim concerning compensation for a cancelled flight.


Learn Legal English in Vienna at English 4 Professionals

Legal professionals representing clients from the EU appearing before UK courts should consider with EU legislation has been retained, amended or revoked.

You can do this by referring to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 or the relevant statutory instrument used by lawyers in the UK; i.e. Air Passenger Rights and Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

Constructing a purposive case will require taking into account new regulations, recitals and amended principles adopted by revised British laws.

There’s a strong chance that some of the clauses used in the new statutes use legal English terminology you may not be familiar with.

Our native English tutors in Vienna will be able to help. We have over 10 years of experience teaching legal English to professionals in Vienna.

What’s more, we provide individual coaching to legal professionals working in a wide range of specialist areas including international law, administrative law, contract law. company law and commercial law.

If Brexit is complicating your working life, get in touch today with English 4 Professionals and speak with one of our experienced and knowledgeable tutors in Vienna. Our legal English classes will make your life easier.

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