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)

Conference on Specialisation, 15 April 2016, Katowice, Poland

January 28th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink


Participation is free of charge. Participants are however asked to register by email: konferencja@oirp.katowice.pl

Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.

The conference programme can be downloaded here.

Conference on the pros and cons of specialisation, 15 April 2016, Katowice, Poland

January 15th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink


Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Silesia, Katowice

The Regional Chamber of Legal Advisers in Katowice will hold a conference on specialisation of lawyers on Friday, 15 April 2016 (10.00am to 5.00pm) at the premises of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Silesian University in Katowice.

Speakers from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands will discuss the situation in their countries in the morning session. In the afternoon, a panel discussion will focus on the pros and cons of introducing lawyers’ specialisation. Leaders of the Polish Bar of Legal Advisers are also interested to receive recommendations on how to introduce specialisation scheme step by step. For details, see the conference programme.

Simultaneous translation from and into Polish and English will be provided.

Participation is free of charge on a first come first served basis. The number of participants is limited to 95. Those interested to participate should send an email to: konferencja@oirp.katowice.pl.

National Rules on Specialisation

December 8th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Specialization drawing

In order to develop a better understanding of how lawyers’ specialisation works throughout the European Union the CCBE has been collecting information about specialisation regimes in 44 European jurisdictions from its CCBE members.

Most European jurisdictions (34) do not have a specific specialisation regime, however lawyers can often indicate their preferred areas of practice. 10 jurisdictions have a specialisation regime: Belgium (OBFG), Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom (solicitors in both England and Wales, and Scotland). Such jurisdictions tend to have precise rules regulating the bestowing and use of a specialist’s title, usually including minimum prior practice in the field, theoretical expertise, and obligations of continuing training.

The number of specialisation fields varies, but it usually is around 20. Across all the jurisdictions surveyed, the most common fields for specialisation are: family law, criminal law, commercial law, labour law, social law, intellectual property law, tax law, IT law, banking law, administrative/public law, and the law of insurance.

The local Regional Chamber of Legal Advisers of Katowice in Poland will be holding a Workshop on Lawyers’ Specialisation on 15 April 2016 in Katowice. Experts from across Europe will participate in this workshop to discuss the pros and cons of introducing Lawyers’ Specialisation and exchanging experiences.

Further information: 

Comparative Note on national regimes of specialisation

National rules of specialisation

Workshop on Lawyers’ Specialisation, Katowice