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New agreement lets Irish solicitors work in England, Wales

DUBLIN, Ireland: Under a just released agreement, Irish solicitors will now be able to practice law in England and Wales.

Similarly, solicitors in England and Wales will be able to practice in Ireland.

The jurisdiction agreement was recently reached by the Law Society of Ireland and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

In the past five years, more than 4,500 solicitors from England and Wales have become members of the Irish Roll of Solicitors.

Due to Brexit coming into force, “this transferring process became more difficult”, law society president James Cahill said, as quoted by Reuters.

With the signing of the “reciprocal qualifying agreement”, solicitors from the three jurisdiction will not have to sit for exams to work in the three areas.

“Irish solicitors will also be exempt from the solicitors qualifying examination when it is introduced in September 2021,” Cahill said.

“Similarly, solicitors qualified in England and Wales can apply for a certificate of admission to the Irish Roll of Solicitors without having to sit for additional examinations.”

However, Irish solicitors will still need to pass exams to practice law in Scotland.