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The regulated professions

Without a withdrawal agreement, measures taken by the French government will allow British nationals lawfully practising in France, as of the withdrawal date, a professional activity or profession subject to the condition of holding the nationality of an EU Member State to retain the possibility of exercising their profession in France.


You are concerned 1) if you are a British student working in France who has graduated from a British university; 2) if you practice a profession in France that is subject to a nationality requirement; 3) if you are a lawyer or practice another regulated legal profession under a French professional title; 4) if you are a British citizen practising a medical or paramedical profession in France.

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Frequently

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  • I am a British citizen practising a profession in France that is subject to a nationality requirement. Can I continue to practice in the case of a withdrawal without an agreement ?
  • YES. The Order adopted by the Cabinet on 6 February 2019 as part of preparations for a withdrawal without agreement provides that British nationals lawfully practising in France, as of the withdrawal date, a professional activity or a profession subject to the condition of holding the nationality of an EU Member State shall retain the possibility of practising their profession in France, subject to compliance with all other conditions to which the exercise of that profession is subject.

    British citizens practising professions requiring an administrative authorisation that is time-limited shall retain the benefit of this authorisation until its expiry, subject to compliance with other conditions to which the administrative authorisation is subject.


  • I am a British citizen. Can I continue to practice in the case of a withdrawal without an agreement ?
  • YES. The Order adopted by the Cabinet on 6 February 2019 as part of preparations for a withdrawal without agreement provides that British nationals lawfully exercising their professional activity or profession in France on the withdrawal date shall, for the exercise of that activity or profession in France, retain the benefit of the recognition of their professional qualifications. Applications for recognition of British citizens that are submitted before the withdrawal date shall also be accepted and examined in accordance with the provisions applicable on the date of submission.


  • I acquired my professional qualifications in the UK. Will they still be recognised if the United Kingdom leaves the EU without an agreement ?
  • YES. The Order adopted by the Cabinet on 6 February 2019 as part of preparations for a withdrawal without agreement provides that citizens of an EU Member State or of a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA), as well as, where applicable, non-EU citizens who, under EU or domestic law must receive treatment equivalent to that of nationals, who are lawfully practising their profession or professional activity in France on the withdrawal date, shall retain the benefit, for the exercise of their activity or profession in France, of the recognition of professional qualifications acquired in the UK prior to withdrawal. Applications for recognition of British citizens that are submitted before the withdrawal date shall also be accepted and examined in accordance with the provisions applicable on the date of submission.

    Applications for recognition of professional qualifications filed after the withdrawal date by citizens of an EU Member State or of a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) concerning professional qualifications acquired in the UK up to five years after that date, will be examined in light of national provisions applicable prior to the withdrawal date, except for those relating to the profession of lawyer, under the terms of Directive 98/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 1998.


  • I practice law in France based on a professional title acquired in the UK. Will I be able to continue to practice in the case of a withdrawal without an agreement ?
  • YES. The Order adopted by the Cabinet on 6 February 2019 as part of preparations for a withdrawal without agreement provides that, for one year starting from the withdrawal date :

    • British citizens practising law in France based on a professional title acquired in the UK, an EU Member State or of a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) other than France, as of the withdrawal date, will continue to be able to practise law in France under their original title.
    • Citizens of another EU Member State or of a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) practising law in France as of the withdrawal date will continue to be able to practise law in France under a professional title acquired in the UK.

    At the end of this period, under the provisions of Article 89 of the Act of 31 December 1971, these professionals must have filed an application to practise under the French title of lawyer.


  • If the withdrawal agreement is not ratified, what will happen after the withdrawal date in terms of the legal professions ?
  • British professionals practising the legal profession in France will be subject to any agreements that are concluded (withdrawal agreement, commercial agreement on future relations). In particular, the continued recognition of professional qualifications under the relevant European directives will depend on this.


  • I am a British citizen who practises a medical or paramedical profession in France. What will happen after Brexit ?
  • With a withdrawal agreement

    As from the date of withdrawal, the provisions of the agreement shall apply. However, during the transition period (until 31 December 2020), the provisions of EU legislation will continue to apply. Thus, British citizens who exercise a medical or paramedical profession in France will be able to continue to do so under the same conditions during the transition period.


    Without a withdrawal agreement

    Currently being drafted


  • Will British lawyers still be able to come to France to practice their profession ?
  • British professionals practising the legal profession in France will be subject to any agreements that are concluded (withdrawal agreement, commercial agreement on future relations). Specifically, continued recognition of professional qualifications based on the relevant European Directives (Directive 98/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 1998 to facilitate practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a Member State other than that in which the qualification was obtained; Council Directive 77/249/EEC of 22 March 1977 to facilitate the effective exercise by lawyers of freedom to provide services; and Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications) will depend on this.