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Anon 4.12's views seemed to be based on the premise that it is inherently wrong to be giving lawyers from EU jurisdictions favourable treatment over and above what is given to lawyers from non-EU jurisdictions.
This is wrongheaded for two reasons-
- we give favourable treatment to EU qualified lawyers (in the form of replicating the mutual recognition of qualifications directive) and we may get similar treatment in return for UK qualified lawyers;
- giving exemptions to non-EU lawyers is all good and well but it doesn't mean UK qualified lawyers benefit from the same treatment in those countries (the US, Singapore and Hong Kong to name just a few jurisdictions which put obstacles in the way of UK lawyers).
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