LAW SOCIETY AND BAR COUNCIL JOINTLY HOST RUSSIAN LAW WEEK – STRENGTHENING RELATIONS WITH A KEY FOREIGN JURISDICTION
05 Nov, 2012
The Law Society and the Bar Council, which respectively represent solicitors and barristers in England and Wales, will jointly host this year’s Russian Law Week, from 5 – 7 November. This is the third event, following on from English Law Week in 2012 and Russian Law Week in 2010. Russian Law Week 2012 will include many of Russia’s legal leaders, including senior Russian officials, leading practitioners and prominent judges and academics, who will take part in discussions on the latest developments in Russian law.
Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Law Society President, and Chairman of the Bar Council, Michael Todd QC, along with the Justice Secretary, The Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP, and the Lord Mayor of London, David Wootton, will join legal academics, senior partners from Russian law firms, Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in London, and other legal leaders from the Federation in Russian Law Week, at the Law Society’s headquarters on Chancery Lane, London.
The talks are part of wider, on-going efforts to strengthen links between the legal professions of the two jurisdictions, and will look in detail at how best to cater to the demands of both countries increasingly global businesses and legal requirements.
Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Law Society President, said: “While it is well-established that London is the arbitration centre of choice for many Russian-based and other international disputes, there are many opportunities for UK lawyers in the Russian Federation as well. UK lawyers already have a presence in Russia, but there are other ways for both legal sectors to work in tandem for the benefit of the increasingly global nature of business clients. This programme is designed to further explore where both legal sectors can look to develop those opportunities.”
Michael Todd QC, Chairman of the Bar, said: “We welcome the opportunity to meet our Russian counterparts again and to strengthen our working relationship. Russia is a key jurisdiction for us, particularly of late, at a time when many Russian parties are looking towards the UK, both for advice and to resolve their disputes.”
David Wootton, Lord Mayor of London, said: “It is very important that the UK continues to build on its relationship with Russia; an international partnership which provides jobs, and aids economic growth and prosperity for all. Russian Law Week provides a fantastic forum for both sides to learn further from each other.”
Russian Law Week is the latest in a fast developing programme of initiatives by both the Law Society and the Bar Council aimed at furthering the links between the two countries’ legal professions. Recently, the Law Society and the Bar Council launched the Russo-British Young Lawyers Exchange programme, which provides promising young lawyers from both jurisdictions with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of each country’s legal system and professional standards.