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International Update - 29 July 2014

29 July 2014

The height of summer tends to signal an annual break for much of the UK, with parliament entering recess and schools closing their doors for an extended period as pupils complete their academic years. The Law Society, however, continues to promote and represent our members' international interests domestically and overseas.

In August, we head to the American Bar Association 2014 annual meeting in Boston. With over 7,000 lawyers from the US and around the world expected at the conference, the Law Society will be there to promote English legal services and support our members. Our new president, Andrew Caplen, will speak on a number of panels at the event including the showcase programme, 'wiretapping of attorney-client conversations: how can professional secrecy be protected?', a roundtable on legal services under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, and a debate on the role of bar associations as legal practice becomes more international. I will be there too and would like to hear from those of you who will be attending.

We have also produced yet another edition of our ever-popular 'doing legal business' guides, this time covering Brazil, which is fast becoming a key market for our members. Continuing on the legal business theme, we're also hosting events covering the Nordics and Mexico in the coming months which will cover the vast range of opportunities in those regions. Find out more in the news and events section of this newsletter.

I do hope you will join us for some of these great events and I wish you all a fantastic summer.

Stephen Denyer
Head of City and international

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International practice update

Doing legal business in Brazil - new guide for solicitors

The latest in our 'doing legal business' series looks at Brazil. The report covers the local legal profession, regulation and representation, the legal services market and issues for foreign law firms and lawyers
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Law Society responds to commission consultation on investor-to-state dispute settlement in TTIP

Read our response to the European commission's public consultation on investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement in TTIP.
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Mobile telecoms consolidation in Europe - for better or for worse?

In the wake of recent mobile telecom mergers across Europe, Angeline Woods of Freshfields and Cristina Caffarra of Charles River Associates discuss the key legal and economic implications of the recent developments with an audience of practitioners and economists at a Law Society seminar.
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Fiji, Albania, New Jersey and Washington DC now recognised jurisdictions for Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme is the fast-track route for lawyers from other jurisdictions to be admitted as solicitors in England and Wales. Fiji and Albania, along with the states of New Jersey and Washington DC, have now joined the growing number of eligible jurisdictions.
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News and events

Florence calls: join us at the UIA in Florence from 29 October 2014

Geoffrey Richards, consultant at Farrer and UK national president at the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), tells us why you should join him and the president of the Law Society at the next UIA Congress in Florence from 29 October 2014.
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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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American Bar Association annual meeting: Law Society plans for international legal event

The ABA is heading to Boston for its 2014 annual meeting. The Law Society will be there to promote English legal services and support members.
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Doing legal business in Mexico - 3 October 2014

This event, run in partnership with the Mexican Chamber of Commerce - GB, 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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Pan-African legal market visit to London

At the start of the month, the Law Society welcomed 20 African law firms from 10 different jurisdictions to a four-day programme of seminars, networking events and individual meetings. During the programme, the delegation had the opportunity to meet with, develop and deepen business links to the UK.
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Exploring new markets: Panama - 10 November 2014

Panellists at this event will offer advice for UK law firms and their clients developing their business in Panama, forecast to be to be the fastest growing Latin American economy in 2014. The event will be followed by a networking reception sponsored by Morgan and Morgan.
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Register for our training programmes in Moscow and Singapore

The Law Society is taking its International Lawyers Training Programme to Singapore on 29-30 September and Moscow on 13-14 October 2014. 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.
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Register your 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 business. Join the delegation to enhance your global network.
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Save the date for Law Society Competition event on 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. For registration please email the Competition Section or phone them on +44 (0) 20 7320 5799.

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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English Law Week in Korea - 27-29 October 2014

We are working with our counterparts in the Korean Bar Association and the British Embassy to organise a range of seminars and networking events in Korea. Particular areas of interest include maritime, construction, intellectual property and international arbitration. To find out more about the trade mission and to discuss your possible involvement please email our Asia team at

International Weekend - 25-27 September 2014

This year's International Weekend is taking place from Thursday 25 September to Saturday 27 September. It aims to attract junior lawyers from other jurisdictions and offers two and a half days of conference sessions, legal visits and social networking events. It is organised by the JLD, the Young Barristers Committee, the European Young Bar Association and the London Young Lawyers Group.
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Law Society gifts

The Law Society's online bookshop is having a 20 per cent off sale on gifts this summer starting from now until 31 August. You can choose from a range of gifts including cufflinks, business card holders and the Law Society tie!
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Human rights

Annual human rights conference: business and human rights - 10 December 2014

This conference will cover a wide range of topics associated with business and human rights including modern slavery, litigating the global case and whether a treaty on business and human rights is the way forward.
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Law Society president expresses concern regarding two lawyers in China

The Law Society is concerned to learn of the arrest and detention of Pu Zhiqiang, an internationally known human rights activist and lawyer to Ai Weiwei, and Zhiqiang's niece Qu Zhenhong, also a lawyer, who were detained over a month ago for attending a meeting in Beijing marking the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.
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Law Society Interventions: International Action Team

The Law Society is now recruiting for our International Action Team, comprising pro bono lawyers and law students, to get involved in the Society's human rights work.
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Partner events

ABA dinner debate on international legal practice strategies

The Transnational Legal Practice Committee of the ABA Section of International Law has organised a dinner debate on 10 August 2014 as part of the ABA annual meeting. The event will be preceded by a legal walking tour from the Sheraton Boston Hotel to the waterfront restaurant, taking in sites of historical and legal significance.

If you would like to attend this event, email Wayne Carroll at to make a reservation.

Global Islamic Finance Forum and UK dialogue platform - 2-4 September

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International Malaysian Law Conference

The International Malaysian Law Conference is an ideal opportunity for solicitors and law firms who wish to explore their options in the newly liberalised Malaysian legal services market. The Malaysian Bar Council's flagship conference is one of the most important legal events in Malaysia.
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Member news

We would like to welcome all our latest International Division members, including our new corporate members, Paksoy, Gateley and Shulmans.

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