An interesting piece in the Guardian yesterday about the increasing numbers of UK solicitors seeking to be admitted in Ireland as an insurance policy against Brexit. Such a step retains their ability to continue to practice in the European Court.
I was in Dublin a few weeks ago to take part in a workshop on Ireland's Legal Services Regulation Act which is not yet in force. The Act provides for a limited liberalisation of the Irish legal market. It allows the introduction of LLPs and MDPs. It is an interesting thought as to whether a liberalisation of the legal market in Ireland coupled with Brexit might make Ireland a much more attractive place to set up offices in future.
A record number of British solicitors are registering to practise in Ireland over fears of a vote to leave the EU, the Republic’s Law Society has revealed. An unprecedented 186 lawyers in the UK have been admitted to practise in Ireland in the first six months of 2016, while, in the whole of last year, 101 applied to take cases in the Irish Republic. In 2014, the number was 51. Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society of Ireland, said the overwhelming majority of applicants had cited the possibility of the UK leaving Europe in Thursday’s vote as a reason for practising in the Republic. Murphy pointed out that if the UK exits the EU, British solicitors will not have the right to argue cases for clients all the way to the European courts.