Version 2 of the Handbook was published on 23 December 2011, and was superseded by Version 3 on 18 April 2012. For more information, click "History" above.
The purpose of these rules is to set the standard for professional conduct in the context of European cross-border practice.
In these rules:
European cross-border practice means:
professional activity in a CCBE state other than the UK, whether or not you are physically present in that CCBE state; and
any professional contact with a lawyer of a CCBE state other than the UK.
Professional contacts and professional activities taking place within a firm or in-house legal department do not constitute European cross-border practice.
These rules apply to European cross-border practice from any office by:
managers of authorised bodies who are lawyers of England and Wales;
non-lawyer managers of authorised bodies;
managers of authorised bodies who are registered with the Bar Standards Board under the Establishment Directive; and
These rules also apply to European cross-border practice from an office in England and Wales by:
registered European lawyers (REL); and
any registered foreign lawyer (RFL) who is a manager or an employee of an authorised body.