Law in France – what you need to know

French lawyers work under two main titles, Avocat and Notaire, which are French for Lawyer and Notary/Solicitor.

Avocats are the lawyers who file claims, work directly with clients (both people or corporations) and handle matters of litigation.
Notaries provide help and advice with paperwork-related law, like wills or property transfers.

  • Buying or selling a French company: Business law is one of the most frequent reasons why people use lawyers in France.
    Hiring and firing employees: Employment law is one of the main aspects covered by French law, and it can be especially delicate when dealing with foreign employees.
  • Litigation: Litigation in France can be either criminal or civil, but the later is far more common.
    Trial decisions and judgments are not always dictated immediately, being instead reserved until weeks or even months after the hearing.
  • Immigration and visas: While the French Government has always been quite open to receive people from other countries, in the last decade the country has experienced a dramatic increase of its foreign labor force, most of which is unqualified.
  • Taxes: Tax laws can be quite cumbersome to handle in France due to the many different kinds of taxes that people deals with in different scenarios.
  • Trademarks: France is home to some of the best and most renowned brands in the world, which include almost every product from perfumes to designer clothes.

To learn more about the law in France see the complete article titled “French Law Tips to Understand French” here.