How to practise in Greece after the Brexit transition period

The information below assumes that after the end of the Brexit transition period, the EU Lawyers Directives will no longer apply to UK solicitors and law firms, and that they will be treated as non-EU third country lawyers and law firms.

The position may change depending on the outcome of the ongoing UK-EU negotiations.

Conditions for UK solicitors to practise under home title after the end of the transition period

There’s currently no foreign legal consultant status available in Greece for non-EU third country lawyers.

Only lawyers with EU or EEA nationality can practise under the home title of an EU member state.

Non-EU third country foreign lawyers can set up as business consultants or Greek business consultants. However, they must be careful not to provide restricted legal services.

Non-EU third country foreign lawyers cannot:

  • practise under their home country title
  • practise the law of their home country
  • practise public international law
  • practise Greek law
  • practise EU law
  • sign contracts
  • call themselves Greek lawyers or legal consultants

Non-EU third country foreign lawyers do not benefit from legal privilege.

Requalifying as a Greek lawyer after the transition period

Requalification is not available to non-EU/EEA nationals.

Setting up a law firm after Brexit

Branches of UK LLPs will not be permitted after the end of the transition period, as Greek company law does not recognise such structures.

UK LLPs in Greece will need to restructure as Greek entities or branches of EU entities before the end of the Brexit transition period.

Non-EU third-country foreign law firms may not establish in Greece after Brexit.

Resources

Athens Bar

Piraeus Bar

If you have any questions, email our international team at international@lawsociety.org.uk.

This information does not constitute legal advice. It was drafted by the Law Society of England and Wales on the basis of desk research, bilateral relations with European Bars and engagement with members.

The Law Society cannot be held liable for actions taken on the basis of this note or lack thereof. In case of specific queries, we strongly advise you to consider instructing external counsel to obtain advice specific to your business objectives.

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