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International Update - September 2014

29 September 2014

That back-to-school feeling wore off rather quickly this month as the autumn started to set in. The tension that gripped the UK in the build-up to the Scottish referendum has dissipated somewhat. But despite the clear outcome, there nevertheless remains a palpable uncertainty about the political future of the union and the move towards greater regionalism.

It’s rather timely, then, that the legal community of England and Wales will be gathering on 1 October at Westminster Abbey to mark the Opening of the Legal Year - a ceremony dating back to the middle ages.

We are delighted to be joined by bar leaders and members of the judiciary from around the world, to reflect on and reinforce the commitment of the legal professions to uphold the rule of law and the principles of justice and equality, which underpin successful societies and economies.

Beyond these borders, we will also be participating in the International Bar Association's annual gathering in Tokyo. In addition to our usual reception, we are also co-hosting seminars with our counterparts at the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations and the Dai Ichi Tokyo Bar Association, exploring issues of corporate governance and sharing experiences of the role of legal services in hosting international sporting events.

If you are planning to be in Tokyo, please drop by the Law Society stand to find out more about our activities.

Nankunda Katangaza
Head of international

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International practice update

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News and events

Law Society strengthens links with California

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Free webinars

How to re-qualify as a solicitor through QLTS - 12 November 2014
Are you a lawyer qualified in Asia who has thought about practising law in England and Wales? The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) is the fast-track route for qualified foreign lawyers to dual-qualify as solicitors of England and Wales. This free webinar will provide the answers to all your QLTS-related questions.
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Taster webinar on advanced English contract law - 6 October 2014
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How in-house and external counsel operate in Russia and the CIS - 22 October 2014

Participate in a seminar at the Law Society to dsicuss what practitioners and in-house counsel from international businesses and local businesses from Russia and the CIS are looking for from external counsel.
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Save the date: Malaysian legal market visit to London - 24-26 November 2014

The Law Society and the Malaysian Bar Council are organising a legal market visit to London, with representatives from the Council and Malaysian law firms. Meet your existing clients, network and develop new business.

The complete programme is yet to be confirmed, but save the date for a networking reception for Malaysian, English and Welsh law firms on the evening of 25 November from 18:00-20:00.
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Register for our training programmes in Moscow, Almaty, Lagos and Dubai

Join our From Lawyer to Legal Entrepreneur and Better Business for Law Firms courses in Moscow on 13-14 October. On 3-4 November, lawyers in Kazakhstan can take part in our advanced English contract law and drafting masterclass in English contract law classes. In Dubai on 25-26 November, learn about Management Course Stage 1 and contract drafting. Discounts are available for International Division members.
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Join our Nigerian capital markets project working group

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Sign up to be a member of the Capital Markets in the 21st Century conference planning committee

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Human rights

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Partner events

Join the global African investment summit - Savoy Hotel, London, 20-21 October

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Society of English and American Lawyers September reception

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Commonwealth Lawyers Association 19th biennial CLC

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The 2015 conference will reflect the issues surrounding our globalised world and the challenges or opportunities this presents for lawyers, with particular emphasis on commerce and the rule of law.
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Register for Russian Law Week - 1-3 December 2014

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Member news

Find out more about the benefits of International Division membership

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