International Update is a regular e-newsletter about international issues, including current practice rights campaigns, legal development projects and European Union lobbying activity.
Welcome to the autumn edition of International Update. This edition has a distinctly Latin American flavour including an insight into the thriving legal services market in Rio de Janeiro from the firm, Escritório de Advocacia Gouvêa Vieira.
We mark the forthcoming Brazilian elections with the launch of the first of a new series of roundtables planned for 2015 exploring the economic, political and legal services prospects following elections in some of the largest emerging markets. Look out for future roundtables on post-election India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and of course, the UK, in 2015.
Next month we welcome an incoming delegation of Brazilian lawyers marking a new exchange programme for lawyers from the UK and Brazil, in collaboration with the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Ordem dos Advogados de Brasil. Please register your interest in participating at firstname.lastname@example.org. Opportunities in the fast-growing Panamanian market will be the subject of another of our seminars next month, where we will be hosting the Panamanian minister of economy and finance.
We are also delighted to welcome the first inward mission of Malaysian law firms in November. As a newly liberalised legal services market, Malaysia offers exciting opportunities for UK firms to develop their interests in the South East Asian country and explore opportunities to grow their network.
On a more personal note, this will be my last edition of IU as I leave the Law Society next month. It has been a pleasure leading the International department and working with my colleagues and partner organisations to develop new products and services to assist members to explore opportunities beyond these shores. Thank you all for your support over the years and I wish you the very best in your future endeavours.
Head of international
Jorge Eduardo Gouvêa Vieira, partner at Escritório de Advocacia Gouvêa Vieira, shares his views about his legal life in Rio de Janeiro and the opportunities in the oil and gas sectors for UK companies.
Doing legal business in Japan and Morocco: new guides for solicitors
The latest additions to our 'Doing legal business' series look at Japan and Morocco. The reports provide an overview of the legal profession, the legal services market and the regulations for foreign lawyers and law firms.
Read our guide to Japan
Read our guide to Morocco
Public comment sought on changes to NY bar exam
The New York Court of Appeals is considering a proposal from the State Board of Law Examiners to replace the current bar examination with the Uniform Bar Examination. The court is seeking public comment on the proposal by 7 November.
QLTS: Grenada, Morocco and Montserrat now 'recognised jurisdictions'
Lawyers admitted in Grenada, Morocco and Montserrat can now dual-qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales through the fast-track Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).
Sign up now: Malaysian legal market visit to London
The Law Society will be hosting the first incoming Malaysian legal market visit, consisting of representatives from the Malaysian Bar Council and Malaysian law firms, from 24-26 November.
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Global Law Summit 2015
Tickets are now on sale for the Global Law Summit which will be held on 23-25 February at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.
The summit is an international event celebrating 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta. It will attract legal practitioners, business leaders and government officials from around the world. The Law Society is a founding partner of the summit.
Further information and how to register
Register now: Exploring new markets... Panama briefing and networking reception
Panama is forecast to be the fastest growing Latin American economy in 2014. It offers UK investors opportunities in a range of sectors including infrastructure, energy, telecoms, retail and IT. With a keynote presentation from Panamanian minister of economy and finance, Dulcidio De La Guardia, panellists will discuss opportunities for UK law firms and their clients developing their business in the market.
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Brazil elections: new opportunities or business as usual?
Brazil heads to the polls in October with presidential and state elections. This joint panel with the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce will discuss what the outcome means for UK law firms and their clients, with commentary on the new government, policies and an outlook for the next four years.
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Save the date - capital markets in the 21st century
The Law Society and the American Bar Association Section of International Law have announced the fourth annual capital markets conference. It will be held in Chancery Lane on 26 February 2015.
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Explore Asia-Pacific: attend IPBA and Law Society seminar hosted by Nabarro LLP
The Law Society is co-hosting this seminar with the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and Nabarro LLP on Wednesday 3 December in London. The evening will provide an opportunity to discuss with leading experts the opportunities and challenges posed by the rise of Asia and the UK government response, as well as the liberalisation of legal services in the Asia Pacific region and opportunities for English law firms.
International Lawyers' Training Programme - Nigeria and Dubai
The Law Society has announced two further courses in Nigeria in early December, including a masterclass on public-private partnerships, in partnership with British Expertise. Courses will also be taking place in Dubai at the DIFC Centre of Excellence on 25 and 26 November, including management course stage one and contract drafting.
Find out more on ILTP Nigeria
Find out more on ILTP Dubai
Law Society raises concerns over Malaysian Sedition Act
The Law Society has expressed concern over Malaysia's continuing use of the 1948 Sedition Act. The act, which was made law during the British colonial era, criminalises speech uttered 'to excite disaffection' against the government. The act has been used to intimidate and silence political opponents including lawyers.
Human rights essay competition: win £500
This year's essay title is: 'The roots of many of our basic rights go back to the Magna Carta whose 800th anniversary is being celebrated in 2015. Given this important legacy, to what extent would proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights impact on the protection of human rights in the UK and around the world?'
Enter here - deadline for entries: 13 February 2015
Join our International Action Team
The Law Society is now recruiting for our International Action Team, comprising of pro-bono lawyers and law students, to get involved in the Society's human rights work.
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Other human rights news and events:
- Law Society provides evidence to investigatory powers review
- Law Society reiterates concerns over Human Rights Act
- Annual human rights conference: business and human rights
Seminar on Crimea: legal aspects and practical considerations on 11 November
The Law Society is delighted to be supporting a seminar jointly organised by leading independent law firms Arzinger (Ukraine) and Capital Legal Services (Russia) dedicated to the legal aspects and practical considerations of the recent events in Crimea.
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Seminar on CIS-related fraud claims - 3-5 December
Exclusive: 50% discount at 113 Restaurant and Bar for International Division members
Division members can continue to make use of this fantastic 50 per cent discount for the remainder of 2014. Come and experience the delicious new autumn menu at 113 Restaurant and Bar at the Law Society. Offering classic fish and chips to wild rabbit and mushroom hotpot, there is something for everyone.
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We would like to welcome all our latest International Division members, including our new corporate members: