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30 March 2016

Welcome to the March International Update from the Law Society of England and Wales.

Nominations are now open for the Law Society's annual Excellence Awards, including a category for excellence in International Legal Services. This year we celebrate ten years of excellence, highlighting those who are shining lights in innovation and those developing new ways to help their clients. We want to hear about your approach to the delivery of legal services in today's international marketplace, and remember to submit your entry by 27 May.

We are also proud to be the exclusive strategic partner and host of the Business Council for Africa's annual debate and gala dinner. Join professionals from finance, law, technology and the energy sector to establish new African business partners, discover opportunities for partnerships and investment across a range of African markets.

Finally, don't forget to book your place for LAWASIA's foreign direct investment (FDI) in Asia forum in April, where leading lawyers from key Asian jurisdictions will discuss current FDI trends in the region.

Lizzette Robleto de Howarth
Interim head of International Policy and Engagement

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International practice update

Legal life in... Belarus

Dimitry Arkhipenko, managing partner of REVERA, shares his views on legal life in Minsk.
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Brexit: Will it happen? What happens if it happens?

Marie Bates, senior associate at Farrer & Co., shares her thoughts on the upcoming EU Referendum.
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How to practise in Georgia

Find out all you need to know about practising in Georgia, including preparation of legal documents and being an advocate in Georgia.
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News and events

Nominate now: Excellence Awards in International Legal Services

Nominations have opened for the Law Society's Excellence Awards, including the award for excellence in International Legal Services. This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the contribution you're making around the world, and showcase innovation in the provision of legal services internationally.
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Joint seminar with the French National Bar Council, 5 April, London

Join the Law Society and the French National Bar Council to discuss surveillance, business and human rights issues. The seminar will be followed by a networking reception.
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Get involved: World Bank doing business project 2017

The World Bank's annual 'Doing Business' survey offers lawyers the opportunity to use their expertise to improve business environments worldwide. The deadline to respond is 2 May.
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The Law Society celebrates Chinese New Year with launch of two new guides

The Law Society and the UK Society of Chinese Lawyers have co-organised a Chinese New Year reception at the London office of Simmons & Simmons LLP, to celebrate the launch of the Law Society's two new guides: Doing Legal Business in China, and Doing Legal Business in Hong Kong.
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Speaking opportunity: English Law Day in Almaty, 27 May, Kazakhstan

The Law Society, in partnership with the Kazakhstan Bar Association, will host a seminar on English Law to promote the values and principles of the English legal system. If you are interested in joining a panel to showcase English and Welsh legal expertise in this market, please get in touch.
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Read about our International Division members' reports on the legal service markets and Public Private Partnerships in Central Asia.

Get involved: incoming visit from the Dai Ichi (Tokyo Bar Association) - 4-5 July

The Law Society will be welcoming a delegation led by the former Bar presidents of the Dai Ichi. If you are interested in getting involved with this visit, please get in touch.
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Human rights

Trial of Kurdish Lawyers in Istanbul

Tony Fisher, chair of the Human Rights Committee at the Law Society, attended the trial of Kurdish lawyers on 17 March. Read his brief of the trial for insight into the case, and background of the issues at hand.
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Human rights work at the Law Society - get involved

The Law Society carries out a wide range of human rights work both domestically and internationally, and there are plenty of ways for you to get involved.
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Partner events

Talk on 'Kosovo's Special Crimes Court and its Implications for justice and democracy', 4 April, London

Rudina Jasini from Oxford University will share her expertise on 'Kosovo's Special Crimes Court and its implications for justice and democracy'.
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LAWASIA's foreign direct investment in Asia forum, 18 April, London

LAWASIA, together with the Law Society of England and Wales, is organising a London forum on FDI in Asia. Lawyers from key Asian jurisdictions of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam will discuss current FDI trends in these countries.
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Business Council for Africa's annual debate and gala dinner, 20 April

The annual debate will enable delegates to gain crucial business knowledge, and share insights with a line-up of key opinion leaders from across a range of African markets and regions within the public and private sectors.
International Division members benefit from a discounted rate.
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Member news

Our series of 'Doing legal business' reports provides an overview and guide to doing legal business in key international markets.
Read our guides on China and Hong Kong.

We would like to welcome all our latest International Division members, including our newest corporate members: Heath and Power Solicitors, Colibri Law Firm, Kimathi and Partners.

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