EU lawyers in the UK: Q&A on practice rights in the context of Brexit

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The UK delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) published its paper on EU lawyers and their practice rights in the UK in the context of Brexit.

It outlines how the current UK framework of legal services operates in different UK jurisdictions.

There are three jurisdictions in the UK and six regulatory bodies: the Bar Council of England and Wales (BCEW), the Law Society of England and Wales (LSEW), the Faculty of Advocates (FoA, Scotland), the Law Society of Scotland (LSS), the Bar Council of Northern Ireland (BCNI) and the Law Society of Northern Ireland (LSNI). All are members of the UK delegation to the CCBE.

The paper covers only the provision of legal services in the current context. As the negotiations on the future EU – UK agreement have not even begun, the paper does not aim to provide any insight to the future provision of legal services in the UK. As a comparison, the paper outlines the position of third country lawyers in the UK.

A brief analysis of the transitional arrangements is provided as at the moment the parties have published a draft agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, which includes transitional arrangements. It remains to be seen though if these arrangements will enter into force.

The paper sets out first briefly the current and transitional framework, followed by frequently asked questions and answers. Please find it attached below.

If you have any further queries or concerns, please get in touch with us via EuropeCIS@lawsociety.org.uk.

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