The Law Society’s Head of International, Mickaël Laurans, spoke on behalf of the Law Society at a roundtable briefing in July on mutual recognition of professional qualifications (MRPQ) in Parliament, hosted by the British Medical Association (BMA).
Exiting the EU Minister Robin Walker MP also spoke at the meeting, along with eight representatives of UK professional organisations. These included the British Medical Association (BMA), the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Laurans spoke about the directives in the EU which affect the temporary practice and permanent establishment of solicitors in the EU; the possible restrictions solicitors would face on the continent after Brexit; and the importance of securing MRPQ for the legal profession.
Robin Walker said the next stage of the Brexit negotiations would include the discussion of such topics as the ability of professionals to provide services on a fly-in fly-out basis. He welcomed views from all the professional bodies present on the government’s position on the future economic partnership in their forthcoming white paper.
Walker also said that an ambitious agreement on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications would mean, for example, 'that lawyers right across the EU27 can continue advising clients in the UK and that the enormous international expertise and value of UK law is available to EU citizens and companies in their international dealings.'
The event was chaired by Conservative peer Baroness McIntosh and crossbencher Lord Trees. It was also attended by representatives from government departments and European embassies, and parliamentarians including SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC and Conservative peer the Duke of Montrose.