2017 HELP Network Conference: “HELP for Friendly Justice”

June 26th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

A summary on this year’s conference has been published on the HELP website, click here.

Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, stated in the opening remarks to the Plenary:

“Lawyers, prosecutors and judges also need training if they are to stay abreast of developments in the evolution of human rights, not least in a context where the human rights challenges facing our member states are fast evolving”.


Group photo from the HELP Annual Network Conference, © Council of Europe

UN Human Rights Council Resolutions on Judges and Lawyers

June 23rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

During its session from 6-23 June 2017, the UN Human Rights Council adopted Resolutions on the independence of the judiciary and lawyers, inluding the following:

11. Calls upon States, in collaboration with relevant national entities such as bar associations, associations of judges and prosecutors, and educational institutions, to provide adequate training, including human rights training, for judges, prosecutors and lawyers, both on initial appointment and periodically throughout their careers, taking into account regional and international human rights law and, where applicable and relevant, the concluding observations and decisions of human rights mechanisms, such as treaty bodies and regional human rights courts;

The full document can be download here.

European Parliament: IMCO workshop on ‘Reforming professional services’ postponed to 11 July 2017

June 16th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The workshop which was supposed to take place on 20 June 2017 (see post of 8 June 2017) has now been postponed to 11 July 2017 (9.30-12.30).

The CCBE will be represented at the workshop by Hugh Mercer, chair of the CCBE EU Lawyers Committee.

2017 HELP Network Conference: ‘HELP for Friendly Justice’

June 13th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


HELP has now published the programme for this year’s conference which will take place on 19-20 June 2017 in Strasbourg. More information on the conference can be downloaded from the HELP website, please click here.

European Parliament: IMCO workshop on Reforming professional services

June 8th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


The workshop will take place on 20 June 2017, 15.00-18.30, in Brussels.

Two expert panels will focus on economic effects of regulating professional services and recommendations for policy-makers (see here).

More information will be available in the coming days.

Related post(s): European Commission Services Package

England and Wales: A new route to qualification

June 8th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has launched a consultation which seeks stakeholder views on the regulations needed to bring the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) framework into force. (The SQE is designed to test whether individuals who wish to be admitted as solicitors have the skills and knowledge set out in the Statement of Solicitor Competence.)

The consultation document can be downloaded here:

Consultation paper (7 pages)

Annex 1 – Draft regulations (3 pages)

Annex 2 – Draft Principles (6 pages)

The consultation is open until 26 July 2017.

Once the SQE is introduced, aspiring solicitors will have to meet the following requirements:

– They must have a degree or equivalent qualification or experience.

– They must have passed the SQE, to demonstrate they have the knowledge and skills set out in the Statement of Solicitor Competence, to the standard prescribed in the Threshold Standard.

– They must have completed qualifying legal work experience, for at least two years (or part time equivalent), and which can be certified by either a solicitor or a compliance officer for legal practice.

– They must be of satisfactory character and suitability, to be assessed at the point of admission

Previous post(s) on this theme: England and Wales: SRA to launch Super-Exam in 2020

Services Package & Proportionality Test: Council agrees on a General Approach

June 1st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Please click here to read the General Approach concerning the Commission proposed ‘Proportionality Test’ Directive. [The proposed directive sets a common framework for conducting proportionality assessments before introducing new, or amending existing, legislative, regulatory or administrative provisions restricting access to or pursuit of regulated professions.] The parts which are of particular interest  from a ‘training’ perspective have been highlighted by the CCBE in yellow.

The European Parliament has also started work on the proposal. The IMCO committee had a first exchange of views on the proposal on 11 May 2017. Several MEPs, including the rapporteur Andreas Schwab, raised on this occasion the question as to whether there is a need for this proposal – first and foremost, the Commission should seek to strengthen the enforcement of existing legislation. (IMCO timetable: 12/13 July – presentation of draft report; 5 September – deadline for amendements; 28 September – vote of amendments; 21/22 November – vote in the Plenary.)

For more information on the Services Package, please consult the post published on 10 January 2017.