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The register of European lawyers

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Regulation 12: The register of European lawyers


The SRA must keep a register of European lawyers, which may be kept in electronic form.


The register must contain, in respect of each REL, the following information:


full name;


date of birth;


registration number;


in relation to each Establishment Directive profession of which the lawyer is a member:


the professional title;


the professional body; and


whether the lawyer is entitled to practise as a member of that profession;


any other legal profession of which the lawyer is a member and whether the lawyer is entitled to practise as a member of that profession;


the date of initial registration;


the commencement and renewal dates for the current period of registration;


the lawyer's place or places of business in the UK;


any condition to which the lawyer's registration is subject;


a note about any suspension of the lawyer's registration, or suspension of the lawyer from practice as a sole practitioner, or suspension of the lawyer's authorisation as a recognised sole practitioner, or the termination of any such suspension;


a note of any order of the Tribunal under section 47 of the SA in respect of the lawyer, and a note of any order of the High Court or the Court of Appeal striking the lawyer off the register;


any other reasonable information, necessary for carrying out the SRA's statutory objectives, from time to time prescribed by the SRA; and


whether the lawyer is practising through an Exempt European Practice and if so the name and address of the Exempt European Practice.


Public information


Entries in the register under 12.2(a) and (c) to (m) must be available for inspection by any member of the public, except that the SRA may in exceptional circumstances and if it considers that to do so would be in the public interest, withhold:


the address of any or all an REL's places of business; or


all information about a condition to which an REL's registration is subject or details of the condition.


The date on which an REL's registration expired or was revoked must be made available to a member of the public on request.


An REL whose name has changed may apply to the SRA to change his or her name on the register.