Spending money on external legal advice on Brexit-related issues may be a waste of money right now, the head of legal at an insurance multinational suggested today.

In the week that formal negotiations between the UK and the EU began, Donna Harris, director of legal services at Aviva, told the Law Society In-House Division conference that the insurance company is currently not spending a lot of money on external lawyers ‘for the reason you’re probably going to get a lot of theory from them’.