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Registered European Lawyer

European lawyer

A lawyer belonging to one of the Member State legal professions listed in the European Establishment Directive (98/5/EC) may practice under their home jurisdiction title in Northern Ireland provided he or she:

  • is registered with a “competent authority” in the host state (Article 3); and
  • complies with the rules of conduct governing lawyers regulated by that “competent authority” (Article 6).

The Law Society of Northern Ireland is one of the two "competent authorities” in Northern Ireland. The other is the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland.


The following information has been supplied to help those wishing to apply to become a Registered European Lawyer.

WHAT IS THE ESTABLISHMENT DIRECTIVE?

WHAT IS THE SERVICES DIRECTIVE?

HOW DO I APPLY TO BECOME A REGISTERED EUROPEAN LAWYER?