600 English lawyers so far have registered in the Republic in the wake of the Brexit vote

 From the Times’ The Brief

Post-Brexit rush for qualification in Ireland gathers pace

Slaughter and May – arguably the most pukka of English law firms – is leading a pack of City of London practices in rushing to Dublin to qualify its lawyers in the republic.

It is understood that the blue blood firm has already funded ten lawyers to apply with the Law Society of Ireland to transfer to that profession and retain practice rights in the EU once the UK quits the bloc.

And a report on the website Legal Week suggests that the tight-lipped firm plans to apply for even more of its lawyers to be admitted in Ireland.

Slaughter and May is only the most noticeable of firms adopting the Ireland strategy owing to its old-school tie English history. The report claims that its magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Eversheds, a franchise firm with a significant presence in the EU, form the bulk of applications to the Irish law society.

It is understood that the Anglo-German firm has ordered 114 of its English lawyers to apply for admission to the roll in Ireland, while Eversheds has sent about 100 down that route.

In total, the Irish claim that more than 450 solicitors registered on the roll in England and Wales have been admitted to the local bar this year, ( with more in the pipeline).

Monsieur Bling, the former and would be future French president Nicholas Sarkozy  plans a dramatic offer to the UK  if he’s re-elected, the FT (£)  reports:

He told business leaders that if he is returned to power at next year’s presidential election, he will offer the UK a chance to reverse its referendum decision by negotiating a new EU treaty with Germany.

Mr Sarkozy said that on May 7, the day after being returned to the Elysée Palace, he would fly to Berlin to secure the support of chancellor Angela Merkel. The next day, he would travel to London. As he put it:

“I would tell the British, you’ve gone out, but we have a new treaty on the table so you have an opportunity to vote again. But this time not on the old Europe, on the new Europe. Do you want to stay? If yes, so much the better. Because I can’t accept to lose Europe’s second-largest economy while we are negotiating with Turkey over its EU membership. And if it’s no, then it’s a real no. You’re in or you’re out.”


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  • Kevin Breslin

    On a not entirely different matter:


    “If people are elected to represent the UK and now decide they want to be a foreign national then that’s a bit of a stab in the back for us. Perhaps they should also take a share of southern Irish debt. I think they should immediately stand down from the House of Commons if they have done that. They can then go and stand for the Irish senate instead.”

    Got to say the debt idea is intriguing! 😀

  • Korhomme

    The debt idea is nonsense! But look who said it, so not a surprise.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    Love the description of Slaughter and May, Brian – my former employers! Very interesting story. “Blue blood” reputation from former eras for sure, but actually Slaughters has been a pretty cosmopolitan place for a long time (I was there in the 90s). The members of my intake who made it through to partnership (or are still there doing other things) are certainly not blue-bloods. City law doesn’t really work like that any more. Anyway that’s by the by.

    Slaughters tends to be on the conservative side when it comes to long term planning so it’s significant perhaps that they are doing this. It will represent a huge training investment for them. Unthinkable in my time there. They ain’t daft though – most profitable law firm in Europe and all that – and they generally know what they’re doing. Must admit I’m not involved enough in law these days to fully know why this move has been deemed necessary. Being EU-qualified was not a big thing when I was a lawyer there. Sorry I can’t shed too much light on it!

  • Kevin Breslin

    I wouldn’t mind paying a bit of the debt off with a passport charge. I’d also would be open to British Irish passport holders being represented in the Senate.

  • Kevin Breslin

    “Because I can’t accept to lose Europe’s second-largest economy while we are negotiating with Turkey over its EU membership.”

    Oh Sarkozy, I thought France was Europe’s second largest economy now. Are you fighting Le Pen on this?

  • chrisjones2

    In your rush to snigger you may note that the Author writes Parliamentary Sketches!

  • Kevin Breslin

    On the contrary, the only reason why I sniggered was because I took the satire in good humour.

  • chrisjones2

    This might be viable provided it covered freedom of movement and some other issues. Note that Sarko assumes that the UK will have exited by the time hes in power

  • Katyusha

    Flattery. That’s all it is.
    (I bet he can barely hide the smirk).

  • Kevin Breslin

    I would assume he thinks the UK will have exited during his time in power.

  • hotdogx

    Why do they keep pushing turkey in Europe. No body wants turkey in Europe and the keep wanting to make Europe bigger. Dropping salaries & a border with Iraq fantastic!!! Sark off sarko!!!

  • chrisjones2

    I misunderstood and apologise.

    Good humour is a sensible approach to all this on Slugger

  • murdockp

    you are forgetting the large number of irish staff in the magic circle firms.

    English qualified lawyers is the correct title. many of these will be Irish.

  • Old Mortality

    ‘Being EU-qualified was not a big thing when I was a lawyer there.’
    That’s probably because the overwhelming majority of international financial contracts in which Slaughters, like other major City law firms, were involved would have specified that any disputes had to be adjudicated under English law. That may well remain the case even after Brexit.
    I don’t think there would have been any regulatory requirement to be EU-qualified in nay sense although a considerable number of lawyers in such firms would have specialised in advising on EU legislation.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    Yes, English law is used in a lot of business deals even where neither party is UK-based and at Slaughters that was the vast majority of what we did in my time. We then had Brussels, Paris and Frankfurt offices but none of these was massive. But as I say, I’ve been out of the law game for almost 2 decades now 🙂 I know a few Slaughters partners but they’re far too busy to come to our occasional Class of 94 meet-ups so I don’t have the inside track. You really do surrender your life if you want to make partner.
    Yes I can’t see Brexit would change much as regards the use of English law as the governing law of a commercial contract. It’s still solid, predictable and clear enough and the courts are sensible and trusted.

  • john millar

    They do not have to set foot or occupy a square foot of office space in Ireland to to “qualify its lawyers in the republic.”