Legal professionals should understand the changes to the legal framework (including changes to civil judicial cooperation) and rights to practice after 31 December.
EU and EFTA legal professionals practising in the UK will no longer be able to carry out reserved legal activities in the UK under their home title after 31 December. The appropriate action will depend on the legal services you practise and your business model.
If you want to provide reserved legal activities, you will need to requalify as an English, Welsh or Northern Irish lawyer with the relevant regulator under routes for foreign lawyers. If you do not want to provide reserved legal activities but want to work jointly with an English or Welsh lawyer, you will need to register as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales with the relevant regulator.
You can also work under the supervision of an English, Welsh or Northern Irish lawyer, or only undertake unreserved legal activities. You may still need to register with another type of regulator depending upon the activities you choose to undertake, for example the OISC for immigration advice and FCA for claims management activities.
There will also be changes to family law disputes, including divorce and maintenance cases.
More information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/family-law-disputes-involving-the-eu-guidance-for-legal-professionals-from-1-january-2021/family-law-disputes-involving-the-eu-guidance-for-legal-professionals-from-1-january-2021)
There will also be changes to cross-border commercial and civil legal cases.
More information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cross-border-civil-and-commercial-legal-cases-guidance-for-legal-professionals-from-1-january-2021).
Legal professionals should make themselves aware of these changes and understand how they may affect cases.
Other useful links:
▪ European Commission’s Regulated Professions Database:
▪ Single Point of Contact: