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Access to Justice - the EU Dimension by Andrew Caplen

I intend to continue my presidential year at the helm of the Law Society of England and Wales as it has started – at full throttle.

Check out the amazing line up of speakers for our annual human rights conference

This year our human rights conference focusing on business and human rights will be held in London on International Human Rights Day (10 December). We have an outstanding line up for this not to miss conference! (Programme below)

The conference will cover a wide range of topics associated with business and human rights including Modern slavery, UK/global business and human rights, lawyers and the Responsibility to Respect, supply chains and whether a treaty on business and human rights is the way forward.

Register for our training programme in English law in Almaty - Kazakhstan 3-4 November 2014

For the first time, the Law Society is bringing their International Lawyers Training Programme (ILTP) to Almaty on 3-4 November 2014 at the InteContinental hotel Almaty.

The Law Society's ILTP provides quality CPD accredited courses delivered by leading international trainers to qualified lawyers from all jurisdictions. You can register for the 2 day programme or for each day separately. Discounts are available for members of the International Division.

The EU Institutional Puzzle: nearly there

It is already mid-summer but some important pieces of the EU institutional puzzle have yet to fall into place following the European Parliamentary Elections on 22-25 May.

Proposal for a Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive - An Update

The Commission adopted a proposal in February 2013 to reinforce the EU's existing rules on anti money laundering. While negotiations have been ongoing, the Law Societies of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain concerned with the proposed requirement for Member States to maintain publicly available ultimate beneficial ownership (UBO) registers for both corporate entities and trusts.

The application of FIDIC forms of contract in a Kazakh law context

Andrey Artyushenko of Artyushenko & Partners  is a Real Estate Development, Construction and FIDIC lawyer in Kazakhstan. In this article, he highlights how FIDIC forms of contract, contain a number of terms, definitions and mechanisms that do not fit into the realities of Kazakhstan legislation.