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International Update is a regular e-newsletter about international issues, including current practice rights campaigns, legal development projects and European Union lobbying activity.

International Update - August 2014

Welcome to the mid-summer edition of International Update. The Law Society welcomed a new president, Andrew Caplen, for the 2014-2015 year. We are delighted to share Andrew's plans and priorities for his presidential year with IU readers.

This month we celebrated a historical achievement for the Law Society: the granting of consultative status to the United Nations, giving the organisation unprecedented access to the UN system and the opportunity to collaborate with, and contribute to the UN's agenda on human rights and rule of law issues.

The team has spent much of the past few weeks planning a busy autumn schedule of activities to assist our members with developing their international business development strategy. September has a distinctly European and Central Asia flavour. Our features in this issue reflect views from Estonia and Kazakhstan and, over the course of the month, we will be hosting roundtables and seminars focusing on doing legal business in the Nordic and Baltic states and Kazakhstan.

Our International Lawyers' Training Programme (ILTP) offering CPD-accredited continuing legal education training to lawyers around the world will add a public-private partnership and project finance masterclass to the curriculum, which will be launched in three East African countries in September. In the same month ILTP launches in Singapore with courses on International Joint Ventures and Business Development for Law Firms. Look out for these and other courses coming to a city near you.

As always, I welcome any suggestions on how we can improve our services and products and to seeing you at some of our forthcoming activities.

Nankunda Katangaza
Head of international

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Legal life in... Talinn

Maksim Greinoman, managing partner of Advokaadibüroo Greinoman & Co, discusses his legal life in Estonia and why being tech-savvy is a must.
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Maksim Greinoman

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International practice update

Proposal for a fourth anti-money laundering directive - update

The EU 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.
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Access to justice - the EU dimension

Law Society president Andrew Caplen delivers his opinion on May's European elections and discusses our own Law Society manifesto, which lists the justice issues crucial to our members which must be considered by any incoming government.
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News and events

Law Society launches PPP and project finance capacity building programme in East Africa

The Law Society will be launching masterclasses on public-private partnership (PPP) and project finance in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. The programme provides a forum to share knowledge and best practice in this area supported by panels of UK and East African legal expertise.
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Register interest to participate in legal services events in Almaty and Astana, 2-5 September 2014

The Law Society is joining the Lord Mayor of London in Kazakhstan to engage with governmental institutions and businesses. There is still time to join the delegation and enhance your global network.
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Seminar and reception: doing legal business in the Nordics - 23 September 2014

Expert speakers from UKTI and lawyers with experience in the region will present the range of opportunities available for law firms and offer advice on how to best assist their clients looking to develop their business in the region.
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Register for our training programmes in Singapore, Moscow, Almaty and Dubai

The Law Society is taking its International Lawyers' Training Programme to Singapore on 29-30 September, Moscow on 13-14 October, Almaty on 3-4 November and Dubai on 25-26 November. Do not miss your chance to develop your professional skills with quality CPD-accredited courses delivered by leading trainers. Qualified lawyers from all jurisdictions are welcome. Discounts available for International Division members.
Register for Moscow courses - from lawyer to legal entrepreneur and better business for law firms - creating quality service, greater profitability and better legal skills
Register for Singapore courses - cross-border business and law firm growth
Register for Almaty courses - advanced English contract law and drafting masterclass in English contract law
Register for Dubai courses - management course stage one and contract drafting

How in-house and external counsel operate in Russia and the CIS seminar - 22 October 2014

Participate in an afternoon seminar at the Law Society with practitioners and in-house counsel from international businesses and local businesses from Russia and the CIS, discussing what they are looking for from external counsel.
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Doing legal business in Mexico - 3 October 2014

This event, run in partnership with the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain, will focus on the opportunities for UK law firms and their clients in Mexico, an economy forecast by some to overtake Brazil in the next 10 years.
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Competition Section event: dawn raids - 16 September 2014

Join the Competition Section at the Law Societies' Brussels Office for unique insights into how the Directorate-General for Competition (DGCOMP) conducts dawn raids. Dirk Van Erps (head of Cartel Unit II, forensic IT project manager, DGCOMP) will share his experience of the practical application of DGCOMP's inspection powers. To register, please email the Competition Section or call +44 (0) 20 7320 5799.

Excellence Awards: a chance to focus on success

Join us on Thursday 9 October at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge as we celebrate a year of outstanding achievements in the legal profession. You don't have to be nominated to attend the awards.
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International Weekend 2014 - 25-27 September

This event provides junior lawyers from around the world with practical career development skills, alongside the opportunity to experience the best of legal London. The event aims to facilitate the creation of lasting connections with peers from other jurisdictions.
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Develop your links in Brazil: host a Brazilian lawyer

UK law firms are invited to host a Brazilian lawyer for a one-week placement as part of our Brazilian-British lawyers exchange programme in November.
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Get involved: ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Centre

Join the ABA-UNDP database for the International Legal Resource Centre to get involved with pro bono legal projects around the world, both on the ground and desk-based.
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Discount for members: ABA conference on the resolution of CIS-related business disputes

Members of the Law Society's International Division can register at discounted rates for the ABA Section of International Law's forthcoming dispute resolution conference in Moscow on Friday 19 September.
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Get involved: European Commission SME survey on the transatlantic trade and investment partnership

The European Commission invites SMEs to complete a survey on the trade barriers currently faced by European industries and individual companies in the US.
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Win £2,000 worth of Mr & Mrs Smith vouchers

All packed up and nowhere to go? Hiscox would like to help Law Society members on their way.

Simply request a Hiscox home insurance quote before 30 September 2014 and you will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win £2,000 worth of Mr & Mrs Smith vouchers.

Call 0845 365 1704 or visit the website.



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Human rights

Law Society granted special consultative status at the UN

This special consultative status provides the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales with unprecedented access to member states and the United Nations system.
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Human Rights Conference 2014: Discounts extended

We are pleased to extend the special early booking discount for this year's Human Rights conference until Friday 29 August 2014. Book your place today to ensure that you can be part of this important conference.
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Law Society and Lawyers for Lawyers express concern for lawyer in Azerbaijan
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Tajikistan: Arrest and detention of lawyer
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August 2014 human rights update now available

Read the August edition (PDF)

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Partner events

Join UKTI multi-sector market visit to Azerbaijan, 30 September- 2 October 2014

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has identified opportunities in the following sectors: infrastructure, high technology/ICT and education.
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Register to attend the Turkey and Middle East International Arbitration Summit in Istanbul on 3 September

Practitioners and delegates from all over Asia will be here to network, present and understand everything you need to on arbitration, ADR and mediation from the experts in this field and the leading authors at Kluwer Arbitration.
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Save the date: Challenges facing public-private partnerships in Poland - 23 October

Save the date to attend a seminar and networking drinks in Warsaw to meet businesses and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing PPPs in Poland.
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NYSBA International Law Section - Vienna meeting

The New York State Bar heads to Vienna for the International Law Section's seasonal meeting. Its programme includes regulatory and administrative, dispute resolution and transaction law.
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Join the Global African Investment Summit, Savoy Hotel, London, 20 -21 October

The Law Society of England & Wales is supporting the Global African Investment Summit, playing host to 20 Ministers and 450 business leaders as the platform for transaction on over 20 live projects. Members of the Law Society and/or the Law Society's International Division benefit from a 20 per cent discount on the standard conference fee.

2014 Canning Conference - Latin America: integrating or diverging

The annual Canning Conference aims to explore current trends and transformations in Latin America by analysing the economic, political and social change taking place.
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Member news

We would like to welcome all our latest International Division members, including our new corporate members:

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