Registered Foreign Lawyer
A Registered Foreign Lawyer (RFL) is a lawyer who is qualified either in a UK jurisdiction other than Scotland or in a non-EU jurisdiction and is required to register in Scotland for the express purpose of joining a multi-national practice as a manager (or as a member if joining an incorporated practice).
Every multinational practice must have at least one lawyer from another jurisdiction approved by the Society.
The cost of registration is £150, which is renewable annually. More information on RFLs, including a list of regulators that have already been approved by the Society for the purposes of recognising and registering lawyers from their jurisdiction, can be found in our Rules and Guidance section.
Solicitors from other jurisdictions who wish to requalify into Scotland should visit the qualifying and education section of our website for further information.
Registered European Lawyer
The Establishment Directive (98/5/EC) allows a lawyer who is qualified in one EU Member State (and who is an EU national) to practise on a permanent basis in another Member State under their home professional title.
“Lawyers” covered by the Establishment Directive are defined in article 2 of the Directive. Lawyers wishing to make use of their rights under this Directive in Scotland must register with the Society (or with the Faculty of Advocates) and agree to be bound by the relevant local rules of professional conduct, indemnity insurance and guarantee fund regimes.
The process is governed in Scotland by the European Communities (Lawyer’s Practice) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (as amended in 2004 and 2007 to reflect EU enlargement).
The cost of registration is £565, which is renewable annually. European lawyers who wish to requalify into Scotland can do so either by sitting an aptitude test at any point or by assimilation via Article 10 of the Establishment Directive upon proof of effective regular pursuit for a period of at least three years. More information on RELs can be found in our Rules and Guidance section.
Because of the potential impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on this process, we advise interested candidates to contact the Registrars team with any enquiries.