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An EU directive on services in the internal market entered into force on 28 December 2009. It obliges solicitors to provide information on their services - over and above the requirements set out in the solicitors' standards of conduct rules.
Solicitors will need to:
There are other information requirements that may apply in certain cases and solicitors should check the draft regulations and guidance provided by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Directive 2006/123 seeks to improve access to services throughout the European Union. It requires member states to remove unjustifiable or discriminatory requirements affecting the setting up or carrying on of a relevant service activity in that country.
The Services Directive is implemented into national law via the Provision of Services Regulations 2009. The Department for Business Innovation & Skills has produced guidance for business on the regulations.
In order to comply with the directive, we have created an Applications page on our website which contains all of the application processes that a solicitor, or firm of solicitors, might need to make, as well as accompanying guidance notes. We have reviewed each separate process to ensure that it is compliant with the directive's requirements, namely that it is not unnecessary, disproportionate or discriminatory. If you have any questions about any aspect of the directive, please email us.