Romania: CCBE Letter to Ministry of Justice – Admission of Judges and Prosecutors to the lawyer’s profession

November 28th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink


Click here for details about the CCBE letter.

Training of Lawyers: Conference to support the Moldovan Bar in its reforms

November 23rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Click here for details on the conference.


Speakers’ panel

Germany: plans to introduce a specific continuous training regime for all lawyers

November 2nd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Brief from Sabine Gries-Redeker, Member of the CCBE Training Committee, Germany


Sabine Gries-Redeker

To guarantee the quality of services of lawyers in a more systemic way, it is planned to modify the rules for mandatory continuous training for lawyers in Germany. It is foreseen to regulate the requirements in more detail for all lawyers. Up to now, in Germany, there are detailed regulations with sanctions only for specialised lawyers, the so-called Fachanwälte. (For more information on the rules for Fachanwälte, see Post of 8 December 2016.) Now, the plans are to implement this for all lawyers. Details are not yet clear. There will be an amendment of § 59 b Abs 2 No. 1 h BRAO. By this law the assembly of the German Federal bar will be authorized to rule the details of the requirements of continuous training. The assembly is expected to decide on this at its meeting on 21 November 2016.

France: changes to the entry exam

October 18th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

The new French rules regarding the admission exam have been published today in the Journal officiel de la République française:

(1) Décret n° 2016-1389 du 17 octobre 2016 modifiant les conditions d’accès aux centres régionaux de formation professionnelle d’avocats

(2) Arrêté du 17 octobre 2016 fixant le programme et les modalités de l’examen d’accès au centre régional de formation professionnelle d’avocats

For a brief summary on the changes brought by the new rules, see the post of 8 July 2016.

An independent, qualified and ethical exercise of the profession

September 1st, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink


The international conference on the role of Bars for an ‘Independent, qualified and ethical exercise of the profession’ in Tbilisi, on 20-21 June 2016, in Georgia, discussed, inter alia, best practices for lawyers’ training. Over sixty representatives from 14 countries, including the CCBE First-Vice President Ruthven Gemmell, presented their training systems. The discussions showed that the training systems are more or less similar (law degree, practical training, bar exam), except for Turkey which has no bar exam (see post of 25 February 2016). Lithuania is considering introducing a unified exam for advocates, judges and prosecutors. As for continuous training, discussions showed that in all countries, Bars are in charge of continous training, including its management. The required number of hours or credits differs from country to country. The training working group discussions concluded that the best practices will differ from country to country, given that training activities must respond to the needs of lawyers in any given country. The exchange of experiences between other countries is always helpful. Teaching in legal ethics is crucial. A report on the conference, containing details of the presentations, can be downloaded here.

France: Reforms of Law School Entry Exams

July 8th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

French avocats

The French Minister of Justice, Jean-Jacques URVOAS, together with Thierry MANDON, Secretary of State in charge of Higher Education and the President of the Conseil national des Barreaux, Pascal EYDOUX, announced yesterday reforms to the law school entry exams (see Discours du président Pascal Eydoux).

In 2012, the Conseil national des barreaux, agreed to these reforms which are now about to come into effect.

The aim of the reform is to unify the process of access to law schools, i.e. a single, unified exam will be held every year throughout France. The exam subjects will be the same everywhere and the evaluation of exams will be subject to a unified scoring grid. This should help ensuring a level playing field.

The entry exam will be more focused on the competences, skills and knowledge which will be expected from future lawyers.

A national exam Commission – composed equally of lawyers and academics – will be in charge to establish the exam subjects and the scoring grid.

The first session of the national exam will be held in September 2017.

Further information will follow in a few weeks.

Legal Clinics – The example of the HEAD Law School Clinic in Paris

July 7th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink


A New Way To Create Awareness About The Importance Of Law For Start-Ups

The HEAD Law School Clinic, in Paris, was created in January 2015, and is headed by Matthieu Brochier, who is a partner at the law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier.

It is the first clinic dedicated to both business law and start-ups.

It provides students with hands-on legal experience under the supervision of lawyers who are not only experienced practitioners themselves, but who are also trained in educating and mentoring students. Students gain a wide range of skills; for example, they interview start-uppers and advise them. Students are exposed to a wide range of areas in business law such as: company law, intellectual property law, and employment law.

Today, the clinic has a strong network of partners and works with entrepreneurs from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique PEI incubator. The clinic is composed of 26 students and around 10 lawyers. The rapid expansion of start-ups in Paris, and the growing demand for legal advice that has resulted, has made the HEAD Law School Clinic a strong actor in the economic and legal fabric of Paris, with a high development potential. The clinic gives students and entrepreneurs a palpable sense of why the law (and sometimes lawyers!) matters, how much good it can do, which cultivates values they will use throughout their professional lives.

For more information about the Clinic, see here.

Information about HEAD can be obtained here.

CCBE PECO seminar, 30 September 2016, Tirana, Albania, will discuss training of lawyers

July 1st, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink


Maksim R. Haxhia, President, Albanian Bar

In partnership with the Albanian Bar Association, the CCBE will hold a PECO seminar on 30 September in Tirana, Albania.

The PECO committee is the CCBE’s committee which aims to promote the Rule of Law and support the law reform process in Central and Eastern Europe (see PECO blog for more information).

The afternoon session of the seminar will discuss “The Organisation of Initial and Continuous Training and the Use of New Training Methods” (whereas the morning session will be dedicated to the “Core Values of the Legal Profession and Enforcement Mechanisms”). Speakers from Bars and Law Societies across Europe will explain their training systems and methods. The seminar will also host a presentation of the World Bank’s report ‘Comparative analysis of Bars and Law Societies in selected EU Member States and Serbia’. The objective of the report is to take a closer look at rules governing the functioning of bars and law societies, including their entrance requirements, decision-making and administrative capacities, discipline and inter-bar relations. The Council of Europe will also attend and give a presentation on the ‘Human Rights Education of Legal Professionals’ programme (HELP).

A programme will be available shortly.

Specialisation conference – Katowice

June 23rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Workshop on Lawyers’ Specialisation organised by the Regional Chamber of Legal Advisers in Katowice at Katowice Law Faculty ul. Bankowa 11b, 40-007 Katowice for 15th April 2016


1 Invitation and welcome by Ryszard Ostrowski Dean of Regional Chamber of Legal Advisers in Katowice 10.00-10.10
2 Introductory remarks by Jędrzej Klatka Head of Polish Delegation in CCBE, Chair of CCBE Working Group Towards Model Code of Conduct 10.10-10.20
3 Specialisation in Germany by adw. Sabine Gries-Redeker from Bonn 10.20-11.05
4 Specialisation in France by adw. Christian Leroy from Lyon 11.05-11.50
5 Specialisation in the United Kingdom by prof. Julian Lonbay from Birmingham 11.50-12.35
6 Coffee break 12.35-12.55
7 Specialisation in Spain by adw. Aitzol Asla from Bilbao 12.55-13.40
8 Associations of specialist lawyers in the Netherlands by adw. Dianne Kroezen chairwoman of the Dutch Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators Association 13.40-14.25
9 Pros and cons of introducing Lawyers’ Specialisation

(Do General Practitioners have reason to be afraid of specialisation?)

Panel discussion moderated by legal adviser Piotr Bober – former Dean of Regional Chamber of Legal Advisers in Katowice with the participation of: Sabine Gries-Redeker, Christian Leroy, Julian Lonbay, Aitzol Asla, adw. Dianne Kroezen, Ewa Stompor-Nowicka (Vice-President of Polish Bar of Legal Advisers), legal adviser Bazyli Zacharczuk (Chair of the Ethics Commission of the National Council of Legal Advisers), adw. Jacek Giezek (Chair of the Ethics Commission of the Polish Bar Council), adw. Marek Niedużak (Warsaw)

10 How to do it ? (How to introduce specialisation scheme step by step ?)

Panel discussion moderated Jędrzej Klatka by with the participation as above

11 Closing remarks by legal adviser Jędrzej Klatka 15.55-16.00
12 Lunch 16.00-17.00


Specialisation of lawyers

June 23rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Okręgowa Izba
Radców Prawnych
w Katowicach

Polish legal advisers (radca prawny) are considering introducing a formal regime to recognise legal specialisations. In April 2016 the Regional Chamber of Legal Advisers in Katowice organised an international conferencIMG_1193e to review the position in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. The presentations from
the conference can be viewed here and from the links below. The conference discussed the pros and cons of specialisation regimes, and modes for its possible introduction.

France (pptx)

Germany (pptx)
Germany (Word)

The Netherlands (Word)

Spain (pdf)

The UK (pdf)