Registered European Lawyers (RELs)
Updated 9 June 2023
To be eligible to apply for admission as a solicitor of England and Wales you must be:
- a Swiss lawyer (see below)
- a national of the UK or a Swiss national
- registered with us continuously as an REL for three years
'Swiss lawyer' is defined as a national of the UK or a Swiss national who, before 31 December 2020, was authorised in Switzerland to pursue professional activities under the professional title of:
Or had, at that date, commenced training towards the professional qualifications required to obtain such a professional title and completes that training by 1 January 2025.
You must also have been:
- effectively and regularly practising English and Welsh law under your Swiss professional title in England and Wales for three years, or
- effective and regularly practising under your Swiss professional title in England and Wales for three years, practising English and Welsh law for part of that time and have other relevant experience in English and Welsh law.
'Effectively and regularly' is defined in regulation 33 of The European Communities (Lawyer's Practice) Regulations 2000 and means without any interruption other than that resulting from the events of everyday life.
These applications are made under Part V of The European Communities (Lawyer's Practice) Regulations 2000 to the extent that they continue to have effect in accordance with regulations 6 and 10 of The Services of Lawyers and Lawyer's Practice (Revocation etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.
To apply you must:
- meet all the above eligibility requirements
- complete our screening requirements.
Once your screening is complete, you can apply for admission in mySRA by:
- completing the REL admission application and reading the accompanying guidance notes
- providing a certificate of good standing/attestation from your home Bar, confirming your practising status as well as disciplinary information. This can be no older than three months.
We aim to make a decision within four months of receiving your application.
It may take longer depending on the complexity of the application or should we need to contact you to provide further information.
The application fee is £500, and if successful your first practising certificate is free.
The cost of your screening application is £34.
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