English law and its international application, especially for trade and investment, is of strong and growing interest to the international legal community. Particularly in China, where Britain is among the top 10 nations globally for outbound Chinese investment and attracts more than double the investment of any other nation in Europe.

The Law Society of England and Wales, in partnership with the Great Britain-China Centre, hosted a conference in Beijing on 21 September 2015 to promote the value and principles of both the English legal system and the solicitor profession.

The conference was also supported by the Beijing Lawyers Association, All China Lawyers Association, Shenzhen Lawyers Association and the Guangdong Lawyers Association. It explored the practical applications of English law in international transactions involving parties from both common law jurisdictions and civil law countries such as China, with a particular focus on how English law can be applied to the benefit of international investment and trade.

The high-level event featured participation from senior legal services stakeholders including senior UK and Chinese lawyers, as well Professor Shi, Vice Dean of the prestigious Renmin University Law School.

Commenting on the success of English law day, Chinese lawyer and delegate Jialin Tang, Shangtai Law Firm (based in Beijing) said “The event was very informative, and I am happy to find there are more business opportunities in the UK for Chinese lawyers. I used to only focus on Asian markets (such as Indonesia), as I know little about UK/Europe, but now I have some understanding about the possibility of helping my clients to set up businesses in Europe.”

Similarly, Jinhui Ma of Zhong Yin Law Firm reflected that “While we don’t have a partner in the UK, the event provided good opportunity for us to talk to law firms from the UK who could be our future partners.”

English and Welsh solicitors also found the event to be a useful opportunity to build their profile in the Chinese legal market. Charles Wang of Farrers & Co comments “I found English law day a very constructive event for practitioners from China and the UK to build those all important relationships. It would be great to turn this into an annual event.”

Click on the attachment above to view the conference programme. If you are interested in viewing the presentations slides from the Chinese and English and Welsh firms please email Sonam Khan.

The International department of the Law Society of England and Wales works hard to maintain important relationships with key players in the UK-Chinese legal market in order to help provide business opportunities for English and Welsh solicitors. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you please contact Donna Evans or Sonam Khan.

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