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5th February 2020
Justice & Litigation

Op-Ed: “CJEU rules on the concept of ‘independence of lawyers’” by Javier Ramírez Iglesias

Yesterday, on 4 February 2020, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’), delivered the long-awaited judgment of University of Wrocław and Poland v Research and Development Agency (REA) (Joined Cases C‑515/17 P and C‑561/17 P),  where the CJEU deals with who is included in the term a ‘lawyer’ authorised to represent a party before the CJEU under the third and fourth paragraphs of Article 19 of the Statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘the Statute’).

This judgment arises from an action brought by the University of Wrocław before the General Court, the University being represented by a lawyer working at a law firm and admitted to practice as a lawyer under Polish law, but who was also

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