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What Is the Services Directive?

A new EU directive on services in the internal market entered into force on 28 December 2009.

Services Directive 2006/123 seeks to improve access to services throughout the European Union. It requires Member States to remove unjustifiable or discriminatory requirements affecting the setting up or carrying on of a relevant service activity in that country.

The Services Directive is implemented into national law via the Provision of Services Regulations 2009. The Department for Business Innovation & Skills has produced Guidance for Business on the Provision of Services Regulations.

In order to comply with the EU Directive, the Law Society has provided information regarding the application processes that a solicitor, or firm of solicitors will need to make, as well as accompanying guidance notes.