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September 2016

Dear members,

Our September newsletter features some of the main events taking place at the Law Society in the upcoming months. Our annual flagship conference International marketplace - on 6 October - includes delegations of leading law firms from Central Asia, Latin America and China.

Using the theme: 'Future growth', panellists will explore international legal markets, the impact of Brexit on legal services, and technology law.

On 3 October the Law Society, in partnership with the Bar Council, is organising two seminars in parallel with the Opening of the Legal Year, to discuss advancements in the legal market and the impact of technology on the legal profession.

Our analysis of the EU referendum and its impact on the legal profession is available on our Brexit webpage. We are planning a number of events on Brexit in the coming months including a seminar with the Business Council for Africa on 18 October and an event with the Inter-Pacific Bar Association on 13 October.

Charlotte Ford
Head of International Policy and Engagement

Practice update

Building bridges with the Indian legal profession

Over the last two years the Law Society has had a number of meaningful exchanges with its Indian counterparts and both are working on a Memorandum of Understanding to explore closer collaboration.
Read more about our work with India

Tell us your experience of China's Free Trade Zones

The Law Society would like to hear the views from members working in, or those considering working in, China's free trade zones (FTZs), regarding implications for the legal services sector in China.
Read more

Brexit - The Law Society identifies five alternatives to the EU

The Law Society's briefing investigates potential routes through which the relationship between the UK and the EU could be shaped, looking at potential avenues and existing models.
Read the full briefing

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News and events

International marketplace, 6 October, The Law Society, London

Our annual flagship conference aims to expand analysis and convey knowledge on the current trends affecting the legal profession internationally. Please find more information on the conference here, including the programme and how to register. Three foreign delegations from Latin America, Central Asia and China will participate. #intmarketplace2016

Opening of the Legal Year, 4 October, The Law Society, London

The Law Society and the Bar Council will host two parallel seminars for international bar leaders and practitioners on the following topics: 'The impact of technology on legal services and the role of the profession.' And: 'Technological advancements and their effects on dispute resolution and the regulation of the justice system.'
Find out more

Lex Mex Conference, 29 September, The Law Society, London

Hear from some of Mexico's leading lawyers about recent developments and opportunities in the Mexican market.
Register now

Join us to debate the impact of Brexit for the UK and Africa, 18 October, The Law Society, Londonn

The Law Society and the Business Council for Africa are hosting a panel of expert speakers to debate the impact of Brexit on trade and relations between the UK and Africa.
Find out more

Russian Law Week, 14-16 November 2016, The Law Society, London

Russian and UK legal practitioners and business representatives will meet in London to promote legal links and business between the two countries. The theme of this year's conference is 'Establishing Bridges in Challenging Times.' For more information on the programme and how to register, please visit this link.

Promoting justice in China

Article by Lucy Scott Moncrieff, Chair of the Law Society's Equality and Diversity Committee
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International human rights

Seminar: 'Business & Human Rights and Modern Slavery: Does your client know the cost of not knowing?", 29 September at the offices of Mazars in London

Doughty Street Chambers, Mazars, and the Council of Europe are organising a seminar for lawyers in private practice to advise clients on business and human rights. Find out information and registration details here.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is establishing a Pro Bono Lawyers Panel

This will work to promote and protect the human rights of British nationals detained overseas. Please note that the deadline for applications is 30 September 2016 at 5 pm.
Find out more

The Law Society president sends condolences following Mardan courts attack

Robert Bourns has expressed his shock and sadness after hearing of the deaths and injuries caused by the recent attack on the Mardan courts in Pakistan's Khyber PakhtunKhwa region.
Read more

For more information on our human rights activities and events, please consult our Human Rights Newsletter. Our updates include news about the Law Society's human rights activities, volunteering and job opportunities, events and training. If you would like to receive the Human Rights free updates, please email: or visit this the Human Rights Community website.

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International Division member news

We would like to welcome all our latest International Division members, including our recent corporate members: Magrath & Co, Direction Law, Harold Benjamin, LMK Law Solicitors, Aunac Law Limited.

Furthermore, we are delighted to announce new benefits for International Division members, including discounts at the Law Society's bookshop and at the 113 Restaurant in Chancery Lane, as well as 4 free webinars per year for our International Division members, and discounts on further selected discounts.
More information will be posted here soon.

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Partner news and events

Supreme People's Court of Vietnam looking for International Corporate Law Expertise

The Supreme People's Court of Vietnam is looking for two UK legal experts to deliver two international commercial law training courses for Vietnamese judges.
Read more

Meet Malaysian companies at Source Malaysia, 27 September, London

MATRADE, the High Commission of Malaysia and other agencies are hosting Source Malaysia, an opportunity for UK businesses and legal firms to meet with 70 Malaysian companies.
Read more

Attend the British-Albanian Lawyers Association's seminar and drinks reception, 27 September, London

The seminar will focus on 'The march of adversarial advocacy worldwide - to Tirana and beyond.'
Find out more

Attend the UIA Annual Congress, 28-31 October, Budapest

This year the conference will look at two main themes: the first topic will explore compliance by 'making headlines as the transposition of the Fourth European Directive of May 20, 2015 on the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing starts.'
Read more

CCBE Conference 2016, 21 October, Paris

The 2016 annual CCBE conference, titled 'Innovation and Future of the Legal Profession,' will look at the topics of the future of justice, of legal services, of Law Firms and of Bars and Law Societies.
Register today

Pan-African Lawyers Union Conference, 12-15 October, Nairobi

The 7th annual Pan-African Lawyers Union (PALU) Conference will look at topics such as: business law, legal practice in Africa, public interest and development law (including the impact of international criminal law in Africa), and the protection of human rights defenders, journalists and women in the legal profession in Africa.
Find more information and registration details here

Graf & Partners, Seminar for British Solicitors and UK Accountants who advise Clients with Assets Abroad (especially Germany, Austria and Switzerland), 3 November, London

This seminar is for British lawyers and accountants who advise clients with German assets, bank accounts, stocks and investments.
For more information and registration methods, visit this link

SLIG LAW Seminar on 'Investing in the UK, and the UK as a commercial hub for extra-European markets', 11 November, London

The English-Italian law firm Slig Law LLP is organising a seminar for lawyers and business organisations on opportunities for Italian business to invest in the UK.
Find out more

Register now for the 2016 Fall Meeting of the ABA Section of International Law, 18-21 October, Tokyo

The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend the 2016 Fall Meeting on October 18-21, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The Law Society is a Cooperating Entity on this event and members can take advantage of discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates.
Find out more

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