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
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).
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 law forms one of the basic tools on internal market regulation for companies in the European Union.
Data protection law regulates processing of personal data by citizens, companies, organisations or public authorities.
Current framework of EU equality law.
Current framework of EU intellectual property law.
Trade policy has always been a core competence of the European Union (and the European Communities before that).
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).
This is one of the largest dossiers of the Brussels Office as it comprises several large policy areas
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.