The profession

Exercising the profession

Lawyers are required to locate their professional domicile within the jurisdiction of the county court where they are established.

Lawyers are free to open a secondary law practice in the same jurisdiction or in that of another Court.

Lawyers should indicate on their plaques and headed notepaper to which bar they belong.

Lawyers may exercise their profession in different ways: as a legal practitioner or staff barrister.

Lawyers may plead before any jurisdiction in France, however they must arrange for the cooperation of an instructing lawyers in the TGI (Tribunal de Grande Instance [County Court]) and external Courts in disputes where the presence of a lawyer is compulsory.

Since 2012, solicitors no longer exist; only lawyers are trained to represent their clients in the Courts of Appeal.