The Law Society of England and Wales was delighted to host the UK Society of Chinese Lawyers’ (UKSCL) Chinese New Year celebrations on Monday 18 February 2019.

The event drew more than 100 members and guests to the Law Society’s premises on Chancery Lane, treating guests to musical and dance performances, as well as a valuable opportunity for legal professionals from both countries to form useful business relations.

The Chinese economy has seen rapid growth in the last few decades, catapulting the country to the world’s second largest economy. Trade between the UK and China is reaching new heights as as a result of the ”Golden Era” of relations between the UK and China. The UK is also the most westerly point of the Belt and Road. The first train from Yiwu arrived in London in 2017 after travelling across seven countries and 7,500 miles in 18 days.

In her opening speech, the Chair of the UKSCL, Dr Xiaojiu Zhu MBE, noted the unique and important role that Chinese lawyers in the UK play in building a stronger relationship between the UK and China and in promoting legal awareness and cultural integration among Chinese communities.

Our Vice President, Simon Davis, spoke of the positive contribution that Chinese lawyers have made, and continue to make, to the community. He thanked the UKSCL for the assistance that they provide to our international department and the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division, of which the UKSCL are a key constituent.

Other keynote speakers at the event included: Minister Counsellor and Consul General, Xuejun Tong; Deputy General Manager of the Bank of China London, Xiao Liang; and Vice Chair of UKSCL, Ruihua Wang. The discussions covered the growing importance and relevance of the Chinese New Year for both the Chinese and British people. In recent years, bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the fields of business, culture, education and tourism have grown stronger.

The Law Society has been working in China for many years, from running the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme for young Chinese lawyers (LCTS) over 25 years, to hosting business delegations from China and supporting its members to enter the Chinese market. 

The Law Society’s international department is the international voice of the English and Welsh legal profession, promoting our members’ expertise and business internationally. Through relationships with our overseas counterparts, we advise on market access requirements and regulations and connect local lawyers looking to work with solicitors overseas.

We are delighted to support the UK Society of Chinese Lawyers . The UKSCL is a platform for members of the legal profession and those involved in the procurement of legal services that promotes fellowship and exchange between the legal professions across the regions.

If you are a Chinese or UK firm interested in getting involved in our work with China, please contact Catherine Brims (catherine.brims@lawsociety.org.uk ) or Donna Evans (donna.evans@lawsociety.org.uk ).