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THE LAW SOCIETY

A decision to end the recognition of Irish solicitors’ qualifications in England has prompted a legal challenge in London by the Law Society, the Sunday Business Post reports. The mutual recognition of qualifications is due to end at the beginning of September.

The existing system allows overseas lawyers from certain jurisdictions to practise in England and Wales without sitting further exams. In 2009, around 25% of solicitors admitted to practise were former barristers or had qualified abroad.

Under the new regulations, solicitors who have qualified in Ireland will face eligibility tests.

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