The Law Society has joined a plea to the EU to make dispute resolution across Europe more accessible for small businesses by allowing the UK to sign up to the Lugano Convention when the Brexit transition period ends.

The Lugano Convention 2007 is an international agreement on which country’s courts may hear civil or commercial cross-border disputes and which decisions can be enforced.

In a letter to Charles Michel, president of the European Council, a cross-sector group of organisations urged the EU to approve the UK’s application.