What we do

The core objectives of the Brussels office are to represent, support and promote solicitors in the EU. There is a strong element of public interest objective in our work since we aim to promote of better quality legislation, and better functioning of the justice and legal system. We work with three UK Law Societies: England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Representing the profession

We represent the profession towards the EU institutions and international organisations such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Our representations concern legislation and policies that impact the solicitor’s profession, substantive and procedural laws on which solicitors advise their clients and wider issues such as better regulation or proper administration of justice.

Supporting the profession

We support the profession by providing information and raising awareness on EU legislation and policies that are relevant to the profession or to solicitors’ main areas of practice. To this end, we publish a monthly newsletter, prepare regular policy updates, attend committee and board meetings and liaise with the policy advisers in three Law Societies.

Promoting the profession

We promote our members and their expertise by making sure they can make a contribution to various policy processes, events or information activities.

Areas of interest

Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing

The current rules designed to combat money laundering (AML) and terrorist financing (CTF) in the EU are set out in the 3rd Anti-Money Laundering Directive (2005/60/EC) (3AMLD). 

Company law and corporate governance

The purpose of EU legislation in the areas of company law and corporate governance is to support the free movement of establishment under Article 49(2) TFEU.

Competition and state aid law

Competition law forms one of the basic tools on internal market regulation for companies in the European Union.

Data protection and privacy law

Data protection law regulates processing of personal data by citizens, companies, organisations or public authorities.

Equality and employment law

Current framework of EU equality law.

Intellectual property law

Current framework of EU intellectual property law.

International trade in legal services

Trade policy has always been a core competence of the European Union (and the European Communities before that). 

Justice

The main areas covered by the Justice Policy Advisor are those encompassed by the Title V of the TFEU (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union).

Regulation of legal services

This is one of the largest dossiers of the Brussels Office as it comprises several large policy areas

The framework of EU tax law

In relation to tax, the EU has a very limited competences. The core of the EU’s powers in taxation matters relate to the indirect taxes, such as turnover taxes, customs and excise duties.