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Brexit: ‘Establishment’ in country among practice stipulations set by Dublin bigwigs, report claims

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Moves by UK lawyers to register in the Republic of Ireland in a bid to ensure they’re able to continue practising in the EU post-Brexit have reportedly been thrown into doubt by the country’s Law Society.

The latest stats show that over 2,700 solicitors from across England and Wales have paid the €300 (£260) administration fee and registered with the Law Society of Ireland in the wake of the Leave vote. This, lawyers hope, will help them circumvent possible practice restrictions they may encounter when (or if) the UK becomes a non-EU country.

But could the re-registration move be futile? According to The Irish Times, the Law Society of Ireland sent a letter to its solicitors in March, just days before the UK was scheduled to leave the EU, revealing a number of stipulations for lawyers seeking to rely on Irish practising certificates post-Brexit. This includes “establishment” in Ireland and indemnity insurance issued within the country, the report claims.

While it remains to be seen how this will impact UK lawyers seeking to secure EU practising rights post-Brexit, the report says some have already lodged High Court proceedings in Ireland against the Dublin-based Society. This, however, is understood to be “more of a precautionary measure”.

The report goes on to speculate that the letter was born out of the Society’s concerns over the extra regulatory responsibilities it will have as a result of the influx of UK lawyers now on its roll. It is understood that the Law Society of Ireland is working on issuing a guidance note to address lawyers’ concerns.

As some City firms take steps to register their lawyers in Ireland, others have gone further and opened offices in the Irish capital. Earlier this week, Clyde & Co opened an office in Dublin amid Brexit concerns, following similar moves by Simmons & Simmons, Fieldfisher, DLA Piper, Pinsent Masons and Lewis Silkin.

The Law Society of Ireland has been approached for comment.

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12 Comments

Anonymous

Seems quite cheeky of them to take all the money (knowing full well what people were doing) and then suddenly pulling the carpet out from under everyone.

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Anonymous

Brexit means Brexit

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Anonymous

I think this is a dangerous game, if they make it too difficult then organisations will just bolster their overseas office in jurisdictions that they feel are more relevant (Paris, Munich etc), which would damage Ireland most I imagine.

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Anonymous

VOTE LEAVE

TAKE BACK CONTROL

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Anonymous

As an English lawyer working elsewhere in the EU I’m really excited by Brexit now. The UK economy is already shrivelling up as the UK becomes a total laughing stock and more juicy work is coming out to us. Glad I escaped.

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Anonymous

Crazy that your IP address shows you in the UK?

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Anonymous

Don’t know how you can see my IP address but I’m posting on my UK phone.

Glad to see so many triggered Brexit loons though.

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SRA

Yeah right!

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Anonymous

NO DEAL

NO DEAL

CHA CHA CHA

HAVE YOU HAD A DECADE THAT WAS JUST GREAT?

BUCKLE UP YOU SMUG KNUNTS

IT IS GOING TO BE BIBLICAL

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Monolithic Statements

The bloody paupers should just set up offices across Europe.

Let the Brexit Dividend fund it. Strong and Stable Leadership shall see us through.

Brexit does not in fact mean Brexit, until May Exits.

350 Million will only come to the NHS when the Tories limit its funding to such levels in the wake of privatised services.

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Anonymous

This story must be wrong. The holy and blessed EU provides a single market for services, so of course UK lawyers can register in Ireland.

That is, I am told, why the single market is so important. After all over 80% of our economy is services and you are not seriously suggesting the EU betrayed the promise of a free market in services that it made in the Maastricht Treaty?

I am shocked by this slur on the EU …

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Anonymous

“indemnity insurance issued in Ireland” would be against single market rules wouldn’t it? “indemnity insurance which covers work done in Ireland” would be fine.

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