We have had an office in Brussels since January 1993. It is a joint office which is shared with the Law Society of England & Wales and the Law Society of Northern Ireland.
The UK law societies are jointly represented by a team of five people: the Head of Office (Helena Raulus); EU policy adviser Justice (Rita Giannini); Brussels Office manager (Antonella Verde); and EU policy adviser Professional Practice (Anna Drozd).
The Brussels Office also takes two trainee solicitors on secondment from firms in Scotland, England & Wales or Northern Ireland every September and March for six months.
- to raise awareness of EU law and of opportunities in Europe amongst Scottish solicitors
- to monitor developments in EU law and to ensure that they are compatible with the Scottish legal system - we maintain a long list of the issues which the office monitors
- to promote Scottish solicitors and Scots law and to open new markets for solicitors
- to protect solicitors' practice rights in the EU and world-wide
With these roles in mind, the office provides a number of services free of charge to individual Scottish solicitors and firms. To subscribe to these e-publications, please email the Brussels office, specifying contact details and the publications you require. The Brussels Agenda is available in our News section.
The Brussels Agenda
This is the office's monthly electronic newsletter. It summarises EU developments of interest to solicitors and their clients. It covers both developments in EU law which affect professional practice and the way solicitors run their firms, eg advertising, data protection and money laundering rules as well as developments in substantive law.
The office produces a monthly summary of the latest EU case law relevant to practitioners.
Providing strategic advice on the EU and lobbying
The Brussels office can advise you on how best to represent your clients when lobbying the EU institutions and provide logistical support in arranging meetings. The Brussels office can assist with the identification of EU funding opportunities.
Facilities in Brussels
The Law Societies' joint Brussels office offers conference facilities and hot-desking at its offices situated close to Rond-Point Schuman in the heart of the EU district.
The conference rooms can accommodate groups of 16, 22 and 34 people (boardroom style) and 40 people (theatre style). Each room benefits from air conditioning and natural light. The rooms are equipped with video conferencing facilities, a data projector, flipcharts and WiFi access. There is access to a self-service photocopier and catering and refreshments can be arranged on demand.
Hot-desking facilities are available for solicitors making occasional business trips to Brussels. The room is equipped with a desktop PC, printer and WiFi access. There is also access to a self-service photocopier and catering and refreshments can be arranged on demand.
Offering professional opportunities and networking
Through the us, the Brussels office helps to organise training for lawyers on the EU, its institutions and the areas of EU law you need to know about for your practice, as well as seminars on the latest EU developments targeted at firms. The office regularly organises visits to Brussels, be they general study visits for firms, groups and faculties, or tailored visits to meet the key EU officials in your field of practice. It can also help to provide contact-building opportunities at EU-related events in Brussels and the UK.
The Brussels Office of the three Law Societies (England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) acts as the voice of the solicitors’ profession in Europe. Situated in the heart of the EU district it is well placed to represent the interests and views of the legal profession to key decision makers and legislators. The office offers trainee solicitors from the UK a unique opportunity to undertake a six-month secondment in the Brussels Office commencing in March and September.
As a trainee in the office you will assist the Brussels team in actively monitoring EU legal developments that range from competition law to criminal justice, public procurement to private international law. Specific tasks will include: preparing and writing the Brussels Agenda and the European Court of Justice case reports as well as drafting legislative updates highlighting developments in the corporate client and private client areas. You will also attend European Parliament hearings and high level conferences offering the opportunity to develop contacts with MEPs, key Commission officials and UK Government departments. The secondment will allow you to return to your firm, armed with the knowledge and skills necessary to get the most out of Brussels, both for the firm and its clients.
We are now recruiting for March 2018. The closing date for applications is 10 December 2017. For further information please see the advert, blog and testimonials below or contact Antonella.Verde@LawSociety.org.uk