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The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authority listed below.

Competent Authority

The Bar Council is designated as the competent authority for registered lawyers (barristers) from other member states of the European Union wishing to practice in Ireland as a barrister under their home professional title (See Directive 98/5/EC "the Establishment Directive").

Procedure required for qualifying to practice as a Barrister in Ireland

A barrister from another Member State of the European Union wishing to practice under his/her home professional title must apply to the Bar Council.

Application is by way of an application form (which can be found here) supported by the necessary documentation from the applicant's home Competent Authority.

The application must be submitted alongside:

  1. A certificate, not more than three months old, proving the applicant’s registration with the competent authority in the applicant’s home Member State as a lawyer qualified to practice under the applicant’s Home-country Professional Title (a certificate of good standing and a practicing certificate);
  2. Evidence that the applicant holds professional indemnity insurance equivalent to the insurance required by The Bar of Ireland for members of the Law Library;
  3. Certified translations of every certificate and other document on which the applicant relies which is not in the English language;
  4. Certified copy of your passport and;
  5. Application Fee of EUR 500 (non-refundable)
Contact details

Email: thebarofireland@lawlibrary.ie

Tel: 01-817 5000

Further contact details for the Bar of Ireland can be found here.