Brexit up Close

I have coined a new word – ‘Brexitigation’. I plan to claim copyright very publicly and to license it on very generous terms because I think it is going to have a lot of use.

In London this past week, I was lucky enough to squeeze into a packed courtroom to hear Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, deliver judgement in the case   challenging the government’s planned approach to triggering Article 50.

There were more cameras than on a Hollywood set and, as I watched myself on the newscast that night queuing to enter the building, I felt rather like a Hollywood extra. I was certainly a spectator at a very important spectacle.

The court was packed with lawyers. Listening to their talk, it was apparent that they were not there just to enjoy Lord Neuberger’s beautifully modulated delivery and elegant language. They were there because the case signals the start of a wave of Brexitigation – litigation triggered by all the expected and unexpected challenges of the Brexit journey.

As lawyers and commentators like Richard Susskind predict the end of lawyering as we know it and Lawyers’ Weekly floods my inbox with predictions of the imminent crashing and burning of our life’s work, Brexitigation is a beacon of hope.

It will be a bonanza for lawyers across the board – constitutional; employment; immigration; property; banking and finance; tax and many more.

So what’s the bigger picture I take from this?

Disruption is a threatening new currency across the world – but turn it over and scrutinise it in a different way and there is a vast field of opportunity for the opportunistic.

Let’s make sure we’re ready!