German HQ opens

An office to service UK law societies and the German Federal Bar was opened last week by Mario Monti, the European commissioner responsible for the EC establishment directive. Occupied by the organisations since June, it is a “lawyers' house” representing 150,000 UK and German lawyers – a third of Europe's lawyers. The office will assist the daily work of the alliance by gathering information and lobbying. It is at 142-144 Avenue de Tervuren, B-1150 Brussels.