Graham J. Wilson v Conseil de l’ordre des Avocats du Barreau de Luxembourg, Lawyers in Europe - ECJ Case C-506/04 (AG's Opinion) - 11.5.06

This concerns legality of a national (Luxembourg) requirement that lawyers from other Member States must pass an oral language exam in order to be registered and allowed to practise there. The Luxembourg Bar would not allow an english barrister to practise there as he refused (for sensible reasons, not just to be bloody minded) to take the exam. The Attorney General's non-binding opinion is that (under Directive 98/5/EC) it is unlawful to make qualification to practise as a lawyer conditional on passing a prior language examination.

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