Freshfields, Clydes and Travers heads among 250 anti-Brexit lawyers

Over 250 lawyers have signed a report against Brexit, including the leaders of Clyde & Co, Simmons & Simmons and Travers Smith.

The report, “Lawyers – In for Britain” has been promoted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer antitrust partner John Davies and sets out the group’s arguments for remaining in the EU.

It already has around 250 signatories, including Travers Smith senior partner Chris Hale and managing partner David Patient, Simmons & Simmons senior partner Colin Passmore and Clyde & Co chairman Michael Payton.

Soon-to-be-retired Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley is a further signatory, as well as former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer London head Tim Jones.

Meanwhile high-profile competition partners have expressed their interest in remaining in the EU, including Kirkland & Ellis partner Paula Riedel and Slaughter and May competition head Philippe Chappatte.

Blackstone Chambers’ Kieron Beal QC and Tom de la Mare QC are two members of the Bar to have signed the report, as well as Brick Stone Chambers’ Sir Nicholas Forwood QC.

The report published today outlines the benefits of, and misconceptions about the UK’s membership of the EU. It claims that access to the single market has helped support the UK economy and boost living standards, citing a survey of over 100 economists that says the country’s prospects would be damaged if it left the EU.