UK notaries help to tie the Anglo-French knot

UK NOTARIES Martin Scannall and Robert Urquhart have been admitted as Avocats O la Cour de Paris.

The two, both partners in the French law department of London firm De Pinna, Scorers & John Venn, were told of their admission earlier this month.

They have an extensive history of Anglo-French legal work and became eligible to apply for admission under new rules recently established in France.

“France has just passed a new law dealing with the regulation of the legal profession generally,” says Scannall.

“There were provisions within that law which enabled people who had been practising French law in the past to apply under transitional provisions.”

Scannall says the admissions will “strengthen and widen” the variety of work the department can carry out and enable De Pinnas to provide a fuller service to clients.

“This broadens the range of services we can offer to our clients. In particular it gives us rights of audience in the French courts,” says Scannall.

He says the department will now offer Anglo-French advice in contentious and non-contentious matters in fields such as residential and commercial property, tax, company and employment law, inheritance planning and probate and private international law.