The Law Society has signed a friendship agreement with the Shenzhen Lawyers Association in a ceremony at their premises.

The ceremony took place to coincide with the Lord Mayor’s annual visit to China. Then Lord Mayor and former president of the Law Society, Fiona Woolf, signed the agreement on behalf of the Law Society along with Mr Gao Shu, President of the Shenzhen Lawyers Association (SLA).

Shenzhen was China’s first special economic zone. Located on the border with Hong Kong, Shenzhen grew from a small town to the fourth largest city in China within 30 years. It is China’s top-ranked manufacturing base for IT products and home to two of the world’s top telecoms providers: Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation. It has also become a leading city for financial services, real estate development, automobile manufacturing and internet services.

Shenzhen thus offers a range of opportunities for English solicitors with interests in this area. Indeed, our ceremony at the SLA came after an event on IP law at Huawei which was attended by three English law firms with special interests in IP and tech issues.

Our friendship agreement with SLA therefore offers networking and business opportunities for our members to meet with local lawyers in Shenzhen. As part of our ongoing collaboration with the SLA, we are planning to host a delegation from Shenzhen to London and have invited President Gao Shu to attend the Opening of the Legal Year ceremonies in 2015.

The Law Society also has friendships agreements and MOUs with the All China Lawyers Association, the Beijing Lawyers Association and the Shanghai Lawyers Association.

We regularly host delegations of lawyers from across China, if you are interested in being involved in future delegation visits, please contact Sonam Khan or Donna Evans.