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

Regulation of legal services

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

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).

About the Joint Brussels Office

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The Law Societies' Brussels Office monitors developments and represents the profession in negotiations with the European institutions.

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