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European Lawyers Day 2017 - 25 October

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The Law Society and the Bar Council of England and Wales are organising a seminar to celebrate European Lawyers Day which will take place on October 25th this year.

European Lawyers Day is a day that celebrates the rule of law and the legal profession’s intrinsic role in its defence, as well as lawyers’ common values and contribution to the justice system. The theme for this year is: “E-volving lawyers: how digital transformation can enrich the relationship between the citizen and the lawyer”.

The event aims at familiarising citizens with the new technologies available to the legal profession, and their positive impact on the evolving relationship between lawyers and citizens. 

Register here.


08:00 - 08:30 Registration and breakfast

08:30 - 08:40 Welcome speech

08:40 - 09:40 Panel discussion


  • Lord Briggs, Supreme Court Judge and former Judge in charge of the Chancery Modernisation review
  • Derek Sweeting, Chair of the Legal Services Committee of the Bar Council (tbc)
  • David Marshall, Managing Partner of Anthony Gold Solicitors and Immediate Past Chair of the Law Society’s Civil Justice Committee
  • Peter Wright, Founder and Managing Director of Digital Law UK and Chair of the Technology Working Group 

09:40 - 10:00 Q&A


In 2014, the CCBE introduced the idea of coordinating an annual Europe-wide event that would encourage its member bars and law societies to organise national and local activities based around a central theme to promote the rule of law, and a lawyer’s role in upholding its legal principles, to citizens. European Lawyers Day celebrates the common values of lawyers and their intrinsic role in the defence and promotion the rule of law, as well as their contribution to the justice system.

European Lawyers Day programmes and activities are organised by national and local bars, or any person or group working with a national or local bar (bar members, courts, law schools and students, youth groups, and community organisations) that would like to educate the public on the crucial role of the rule of law and the legal process in protecting citizens’ rights. Each member bar and law society is asked to encourage its members to organise events, publish educational material and/or conduct other programmes that promote citizens’ awareness of the European Lawyers Day theme.



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