The UK legal professions published two guides on lawyers’ practice rights after the end of the transition period. The guides cover practice rights of EU/EFTA lawyers in the UK, and of UK lawyers in the EEA and Switzerland.

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. The guides, therefore, cover:

  • the provision of legal services during the transition period which started at that date and will end on 31 December 2020;
  • the provision of legal services after the end of the transition period.

As the negotiations on the EU-UK future partnership agreement (FPA) are still underway, this 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 current position of third country lawyers in the UK and current rules applicable to third country lawyers in the EU (with relevant national laws aiming at regulating the situation of UK nationals and professionals therein).

The UK legal professions involved in producing these guides are members of the UK delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). These are: 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).