France: Making the grade
The French Bar has long been under pressure from the European Commission to open up its legal market to practitioners from other European Union states, but has so far resisted the call to change. Rupert Reece and Robert Clarke look at how foreigners can get around the restrictions to practice French law in France
The French legal market is, like many others in Europe, becoming increasingly international. However, while it has always been relatively simple for foreign lawyers to establish themselves for short periods under the umbrella of existing French law firms, it is now becoming easier for foreign francophiles to qualify as avocats and stay in France long term, practising French law.
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