Professions approved by the SRA for registered foreign lawyer (RFL) status

Updated April 2019

We have the power to approve foreign professions under Section 89 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 and Schedule 14 paragraph 2(2) of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 for their members to be managers of recognised bodies regulated by the SRA.

We will consider whether other professions should be added to this list as and when requested to do so. The profession in question must fulfil four basic criteria:

  • the profession’s members must be subject to a system of regulation as a profession of lawyers;
  • members must be required to complete a specified training;
  • members must be bound by an ethical code, and
  • there must be disciplinary sanctions for breach of the ethical code which would extend to removal of the right to practise.

If you want to ask us to approve a new profession please contact us.

We set out below the list of professions listed that we have to date approved.

Jurisdiction Profession
l. United Kingdom
Northern Ireland solicitor barrister
Scotland solicitor / advocate
2. European Union
Austria Rechtsanwalt Notar
Belgium avocat/advocaat/Rechtsanwalt notaire/notaris/Notar
Bulgaria advokat
Croatia odvjetnik/odvjetnica
Cyprus dikegóros
Czech Republic advokát
Denmark advokat/jurist
Estonia vandeadvokaat
Finland asianajaja/advokat/luvan saanut oikeudenkayntiavustaja/rattegangsbitrade med tillstand
France avocat notaire/avocat aux conseils
Germany Rechtsanwalt Notar Steuerberater Patentanwalt1
Greece dikegóros simvolaiografos (notary)
Hungary ügyvéd
Iceland lögmaður
Ireland solicitor barrister
Italy avvocato notaio/consulente in proprietà industriale
Latvia zvērināts advokāts
Lichtenstein rechtsanwalt
Lithuania advokatas
Luxembourg avocat/Rechtsanwalt notaire
Malta avukat prokuratur legali notary
Netherlands advocaat notaris belastingadviseur2 octrooigemachtigde3/Kandidaat Notaris
Poland adwokat radca prawny
Portugal advogado
Romania avocat/consilier juridic
Slovakia advokát/advokátka
Slovenia odvetnik/odvetnica
Spain abogado/advocat/abokatu/avogado notario/procurador
Sweden advokat
  1. "Approved as a manager of an authorised body, or an authorised non-SRA firm, provided that: the individual practises only from an office in Germany; and the practice of the individual is not in breach of the requirements of any regulator applicable to the individual or the office from which he practises."
  2. Approved as a manager of an authorised body provided that: the individual practises only from an office in the Netherlands; and the practice of the individual is not in breach of the requirements of any regulator applicable to the individual or the office from which he practises.
  3. Ibid.
3. European Economic Area
Norway advokat
4. United States of America
All states attorney-at-law
Colorado counsellor-at-law
Iowa counsellors
Louisiana counsellor-at-law
Massachusetts counsellor-at-law
Missouri counsellor-at-law
New York State counsellor-at-law
Virginia counsellor-at-law
5. Commonwealth
Anguilla solicitor barrister
Antigua and Barbuda solicitor barrister attorney-at-law
Australia :-
Australian Capital Territory barrister and/or solicitor
New South Wales solicitor barrister
Northern Territory legal practitioner/barrister and solicitor
Queensland solicitor barrister
South Australia barrister, attorney, solicitor and proctor
Tasmania solicitor barrister
Victoria barrister and solicitor
Western Australia barrister and solicitor
The Bahamas counsel and attorney
Bangladesh advocate
Barbados attorney-at-law
Belize attorney-at-law
Bermuda barrister and attorney
Botswana attorney advocate
British Virgin Islands solicitor barrister
Brunei Darussalam advocate and solicitor
Canada :-
Alberta barrister and solicitor
British Columbia barrister and solicitor
Manitoba barrister and solicitor
New Brunswick barrister and solicitor
Newfoundland solicitor barrister
Northwest Territories barrister and solicitor
Nova Scotia barrister
Nunavut barrister/solicitor
Ontario barrister and solicitor
Prince Edward Island barrister and solicitor
Quebec avocat notaire
Saskatchewan barrister and solicitor
Yukon barrister and solicitor
Cayman Islands attorney-at-law
Dominica solicitor barrister
Falkland Islands legal practitioner
The Gambia solicitor barrister
Ghana lawyer
Gibraltar solicitor barrister
Grenada solicitor barrister
Guernsey advocate
Guyana attorney-at-law
India advocate
Isle of Man advocate
Jamaica attorney-at-law
Jersey solicitor advocate
Kenya advocate
Kiribati lawyer
Lesotho attorney advocate
Malawi legal practitioner
Malaysia advocate/solicitor
Mauritius attorney/barrister/notary/advocate
Montserrat solicitor/barrister
Namibia attorney
Nauru barrister and solicitor
New Zealand barrister and solicitor
Nigeria legal practitioner/barrister and solicitor
Pakistan advocate
Azad Kashmir advocate
Papua New Guinea lawyer
Saint Kitts and Nevis solicitor barrister
Saint Lucia solicitor barrister
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines solicitor barrister
Seychelles attorney barrister notary
Sierra Leone barrister and solicitor
Singapore advocate and solicitor
Solomon Islands legal practitioner
South Africa attorney advocate
Sri Lanka attorney-at-law
Swaziland attorney advocate
Tanzania advocate
Tonga law practitioner
Trinidad and Tobago attorney-at-law
Turks and Caicos Islands attorney
Uganda advocate
Vanuatu legal practitioner
Western Samoa barrister and/or solicitor
Zambia advocate/legal practitioner
6. Other
Albania avokat
Algeria avocat
Argentina abogado/a
Armenia advocate
Belarus advakat
Bolivia abogado
Brazil advogado
Burundi advocate
Cameroon Republic advocate/solicitor
Chile lawyer/abogado
China (including Hong Kong) lawyer/solicitor barrister
Colombia abogado
Costa Rica lawyer
Democratic Republic of Congo avocat
Dominican Republic lawyer
Ecuador abogado
Egypt avocat/mohamy
Fiji barrister/solicitor
Georgia advocate
Indonesia advokat
Iran lawyer/attorney-at-law
Iraq lawyer
Israel advocate
Japan bengoshi
Jordan advocate/mohamy
Kurdistan (Region of Iraq) lawyer
Kazakhstan advocate
Kuwait lawyer
Kyrgyz Republic advocate
Lebanon avocat/mohamy
Macau Special Administrative Region advogado
Mexico lawyer (Cedula Profesional)
Moldova lawyer from the Republic of Moldova
Montenegro advocate
Morocco Avocat1
Nepal adhivakta
Oman lawyer
Palestinian Territories lawyer
Panama abogado
Paraguay abogado
Peru abogado
Philippines attorney/counsellor at law
Puerto Rico lawyer
Russia advokat
Rwanda advocate
Saudi Arabia lawyer
Serbia advocate
South Korea lawyer
Sudan advocate/lawyer
Sweden Jurists holding the Juristexamen/Swedish Jurist
Switzerland rechtsanwalt/anwalt/fürsprecher/fürsprech/avocat/avvocato/advokat
Thailand lawyer/litigator
Taiwan attorney
Tajikistan advokat
Tunisia advokat
Turkey avukat
Ukraine advocate
United Arab Emirates (UAE) lawyer
Uruguay lawyer
Uzbekistan advocate
Venezuela lawyer
Vietnam lawyer
Zimbabwe legal practitioner
  1. Applicants must be registered with the Casablanca bar to be eligible to apply