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Welcome to the June International update from the Law Society of England and Wales.
Our International Marketplace conference is almost upon us offering the opportunity to meet over one hundred people in delegations from 16 countries from across the globe.
As well as hearing about legal life in Colombia in the coming month we have events looking at opportunities and issues across Latin America, Africa and Italy. Members also have the possibility to be involved in our English Law Week in Moscow later in the year.
Finally please do take the chance to hear justice minister Shailesh Vara MP speaking at the UK-India legal practice conference in July.
International practice update
European Commission launches infringement procedures
The European Commission has launched infringement procedures against six member states as they have failed to comply with the Services Directive in the area of regulated professions.
Legal life in... Colombia
Francisco Urrutia, partner at Posse Herrera Ruiz and speaker at our Latin America Day for International Marketplace, shares his views about legal life in Colombia.
News and events
International Marketplace 2015: last chance to register
Our 2015 International Marketplace conference on 1 July brings more than 100 delegates from the UK and key emerging markets looking to expand and develop their legal business and contacts.
Opportunities for international pro bono working: an introduction, 26 June
This seminar gives an overview of the role lawyers can play in supporting effective pro bono projects internationally, why we do it and how you and your firm can get involved.
Panel discussion: opportunities in the energy sector across Latin America, 30 June
Join us for a session looking at opportunities in the energy sector across Latin America. The event coincides with the Law Society's Latin America Day and will provide a fantastic opportunity to network with an inward delegation of lawyers from Central and Latin America.
Networking lunch with our pan-Africa delegation, 30 June
Join us for an informal lunch to welcome an inward delegation of lawyers from sub-Saharan Africa. The lunch will provide a great opportunity to network and build relationships with lawyers from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.
Justice minister Shailesh Vara MP speaking at the UK-India legal practice conference, 2 July
Do you want to know what the Indian legal market might look like in the near future? Join a delegation of 12 Indian law firms to explore business opportunities on the horizon between the UK and India.
Register now: In conversation with the Italian minister of justice, 13 July
Join minister Andrea Orlando to discuss his reform of the Italian civil justice system.
English Law Week 2015 in Moscow - call for expression of interest
Following the success of English Law Week in 2013, we are working on the third English Law Week event taking place in Moscow from 30 November to 2 December. Speaking opportunities will be available to members.
Opportunity to meet future Chinese business partners and clients
A delegation of 14 lawyers from China will be visiting the Law Society for a four-day programme from 30 June to 3 July. Don't miss the opportunity to meet them.
British law firms sought for cooperation by South China law firmA Shenzhen-based law firm seeks British law firms to co-develop business for the 'One Belt One Road' strategy. Register your interest by 30 June.
Find out more
Trial observation: further report on the trial of Kurdish lawyers
Tony Fisher, member of the Law Society Human Rights Committee, reports back from Turkey where he took part in an international delegation to observe a mass trial of lawyers.
Vice president draws on UN special status at business and human rights conference
Under the Law Society's newly appointed special consultative status at the UN, vice president Jonathan Smithers spoke at the American Bar Association's 'Business and the Bar' conference earlier this month.
What is the International Action Team (IAT) and are you interested in joining it?
The International Action Team is a Law Society driven project that relies on a pro bono network of lawyers and law students who intervene on behalf of lawyers at risk across the globe.
Videos from our International Human Rights Practice series 2015 now online
Excerpts of our short course focusing on the latest developments and emerging issues in European and international human rights practice are now available.
Lawyers' exchange programme in Barcelona
The Barcelona Bar Association offers a number of great opportunities to foreign lawyers wishing to participate in the exchange programme.
Football, politics and corruption in Latin America, 22 July
Hear a panel of experts discussing football, politics and corruption in Latin America at Canning House.
Join us in Valencia for the 59th UIA Congress, 28 October - 1 November
At this year's conference, the president of the Law Society will be speaking at the Bar Leaders' Senate.
Sign up to the 2015 Global African Investment Summit, 1-2 December
The Global African Investment Summit returns to London, bringing together global investors with over 150 African public and private bankable project owners seeking financing and advisory solutions.
Exclusive: 50 per cent discount at 113 Restaurant and Bar for International Division members
Division members can continue to make use of this fantastic 50 per cent discount for July. Menus take inspiration from British classics, adding contemporary flair and a focus on seasonal produce.
We would like to welcome all our latest International Division members, including our newest corporate members: Bogatyr & Partners, Kalo & Associates, Oldham Li & Nie, Boyanov & Co, BLM, Abreu & Associados and Blaser Mills.
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