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If you are confronted with a legal dispute or require legal advice, you may need to turn to a lawyer. This section provides information on how to find a lawyer within the European Union, the European Economic Area, and countries that are candidates for accession to the European Union.


A lawyer is a legal practitioner who provides:

  • support in legal proceedings;
  • representation in legal proceedings;
  • advice as to prosecution or defence of lawsuits,
  • advice as to legal rights and obligations in other matters.

The role of the lawyer varies significantly across legal jurisdictions and Member States. To read more about lawyers, please see the section on legal professions.

If you are looking for a lawyer in a European country, the Link opens in new windowCouncil of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) offers via its website, a European lawyers' database. The CCBE, through its members, represents around 1 million European lawyers.

The CCBE Link opens in new windowsearch tool for a European lawyer will help you to find a lawyer in one of the Member States of the CCBE, including the Member States of the European Union, and other countries: a total of 42 States in all. As the results of the search you will be provided with the following information:

  • the full contact details of the Bar Association(s) at national level, including their website,
  • a link to the page of their website containing their lawyers' directory.

This page is maintained by the European Commission. The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Commission. The Commission accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to any information or data contained or referred to in this document. Please refer to the legal notice with regard to copyright rules for European pages.

Last update: 19/02/2014