In July, the House of Lords EU Committee adopted its Report on this October 2008 proposal. The Bar Council had given evidence to its preceding inquiry. For the report, see: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldselect/ldeucom/126/126i.pdf and for
the supporting evidence, see: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldselect/ldeucom/126/126ii.pdf
The report has been quite well received in Brussels, despite being rather critical of the current Commission proposal in places. It takes a similar line to the Bar Council on the fundamental issue of the level of harmonisation, urging that rather than apply maximum harmonisation across the board, the Commission should aim for what it terms “differentiated harmonisation”.