Brexit- UK Lawyers registering as Solicitors in Ireland

A handful of the UK’s biggest law firms have been registering solicitors in Ireland so that they can continue to practise in European law after Brexit.

Freshfields, Hogan Lovells, Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy are among the firms that have put forward applicants to join the roll of solicitors in the Republic of Ireland.

The Law Society of Ireland says it has been receiving about 30 initial queries a day from UK solicitors since the result of the EU vote in June.

This year, 219 English solicitors have been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland — compared with just 70 in 2015. The Law Society says the vast majority of lawyers have cited Brexit as their primary reason for seeking admission in Ireland.

Under the rules, solicitors who have qualified in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can undergo a two-step process that allows them to practise as solicitors in Ireland.

This means they can give advice in Europe and have the right to argue before EU tribunals such as the EU’s Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Another reason cited in relation to intellectual property is that to file trade marks and represent clients at EUIPO tribunals. To do this, you need to be from a member state of Europe or the EEA, by registering as solicitors in Ireland they can continue their day to day business.Â

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