International Update is a regular e-newsletter about international issues, including current practice rights campaigns, legal development projects and European Union lobbying activity.
30 June 2014
The longer and lighter days of June usually signal a gradual slow-down of business in London.
This year, however, the eagerly anticipated opening up of the Malaysian legal services sector to foreign law firms could lead to considerable activity in South East Asia, and ripples are likely to be felt further afield. We are confident that the new opportunities in this exciting emerging market will benefit the Malaysian legal and business community.
Further liberalisation of professional services sectors is also moving up the EU's economic agenda. There are signs of renewed momentum on concluding a number of free trade agreements - notable among which is the EU-US free trade agreement, also known as the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement.
This agreement has raised the all-important question of investor-state dispute settlement and the inclusion of investor protection clauses in this and future agreements. Have your say on this important issue by responding to the EU consultation and look out for our response next month.
Finally, join us next month when we host firms from 10 African jurisdictions and a briefing and roundtable on doing legal business in Central Asia with firms from across the region - all taking place alongside our annual International Marketplace conference on 8 July.
I look forward to seeing you then.
Head of international policy
Ilgar Mehti, managing partner at Ekvita LLC and one of our newest Division members, shares his views about his legal life in Azerbaijan. Ilgar will also be taking part in our July roundtable on doing legal business in Central Asia.
Malaysia opens for legal business
The Malaysian legal services market is now officially open to foreign lawyers and law firms. The Malaysian attorney general announced that the Legal Profession (Amendment) Act 2012 and additional amendments came into effect on 3 June 2014.
European commission reviews investor protection in TTIP
The European commission has launched a public consultation on investor protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
QLTS: Ukraine and Uruguay added as recognised jurisdictions
Lawyers from Ukraine and Uruguay can now dual qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales through the fast-track Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).
International Marketplace 2014: the legal lead - building blocks for global growth and prosperity - 8 July
There is less than two weeks to go before our flagship International Marketplace conference begins. With a prestigious line-up of speakers and an in-depth analysis of new developments in legal practice and opportunities for business growth at home and abroad, International Marketplace 2014 is not to be missed.
Meet over 20 African law firms from 10 different countries
The Law Society will host a pan-African legal markets visit to London from 7-10 July. The delegation will be made up of more than 20 law firms from 10 jurisdictions. UK firms can participate through networking events and seminars, and are encouraged to arrange individual meetings.
Doing legal business in Central Asia
The Law Society has organised a breakfast briefing highlighting upcoming opportunities in Central Asia for UK law firms and businesses on 7 July 2014. Only a few spaces remain so be sure to book your place.
Find out more
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.
Register for the Moscow course
Register for the Singapore course
Join the lord mayor on a trade mission to Kazakhstan
The lord mayor of London, Fiona Woolf, will visit Kazakhstan from 2-5 September 2014. The promotion of UK legal services will be high on the agenda and we are developing a full programme made up of various business networking receptions and seminars.
Explore market opportunities and develop your business contacts in Korea
The Law Society is working with UKTI and the Korean Bar Association to organise a trade mission to Seoul in 2014. The mission is likely to take place in October, but the exact date and programme will be confirmed shortly.
Register your interest by emailing email@example.com.
Practising certificate fee: have your say
The Law Society Group is consulting with members on the proposed budget for the next financial year, which will run from 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015. You can send your feedback via a short online survey, but hurry as the deadline for responses is 16:00 on Monday 7 July.
Complete the survey
Hosting opportunity: US lawyers on London visit
We are looking for UK firms to host a US lawyer on 24 October 2014 as part of the annual Temple Scholars programme.
Discount for members: ABA International 2014 fall meeting
Members of the International Division can register at discounted rates for the ABA Section of International Law 2014 fall meeting in Buenos Aires from 21-25 October.
The International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) 52nd Annual Congress
AIJA will be holding its 52nd annual congress in Prague this year from 26-30 August 2014.
Global Islamic Finance Forum & UK Dialogue Platform
This year's Global Islamic Finance Forum will be held from 2-4 September in Kuala Lumpur. The forum is a chance for British companies to explore opportunities in the global and Malaysian Islamic finance industry.
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.
inPERU London roadshow
inPERU returns to London on 4 and 5 September with keynote presentations by Luis Miguel Castilla, Peru's minister of economy and finance, and Julio Velarde, governor of the Peruvian Central Bank.
Register for the roadshow
Annual human rights conference: business and human rights
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. The conference will take place at the Law Society in Chancery Lane on 10 December 2014.
Brochure now available: how to become a human rights lawyer
If you couldn't attend our careers event on becoming a human rights lawyer, you can now download a brochure containing information on the speakers and organisations involved.
Download the brochure (PDF)
Law Society's report to UN about Turkey's record on human rights
The Law Society, Lawyers for Lawyers in the Netherlands, Fair Trial Watch and Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada jointly responded to the call from the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for submissions regarding human rights in Turkey.
Read the joint submission (PDF)
Law Society calls for action as UK human rights lawyer Phil Shiner receives death threats
The Law Society has publicly condemned threats made against the lives of lawyers after prominent human rights lawyer Phil Shiner received death threats against both him and his family.
June 2014 human rights update now available
We would like to welcome all our latest International Division members, including our new corporate members:
- N. Dowuona & Company
- Crane S J Advocate
- Descartes Solicitors
- Gouvea Vieira Advogados
- Taveners Law Limited
- Wikborg Rein LLP