GOVERNMENTS may prevent the formation of multi-disciplinary partnerships combining accountants and lawyers under EU law, an Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has suggested. In a formal opinion to the full ECJ, Philippe Léger said that there is a "certain incompatibility" between the two activities, and a law that prohibits collaboration "may be justified."

The judge, whose announcement is not binding on the full Court, accepted that banning such partnerships could restrict competition. Considering a case brought in ...

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