A record number of British lawyers have registered in Ireland to ensure that they can keep on working in the European Union, and can continue to represent clients before the European Courts.
This move comes in anticipation of the “Brexit referendum” next Thursday, when the British will vote for or against withdrawing from the EU.
According to The Wall Street Journal 186 British lawyers registered in Ireland and a few dozen are busy doing so.
Ireland would be the most logical choice for British lawyers because it is relatively easy for lawyers to register in the neighboring country. Some lawyers would wait until after a possible British departure in order to be registered in Ireland.
A possible Brexit will lead to more question. For instance, what will happen to EU trademark registrations? Currently a EU trademark registration covers the whole European Union, including the United Kingdom. Will trademark owners still have rights in the UK if the country leaves the EU?
Thursday will be an important day… in many ways.
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