The Italian Bar Association ”Consiglio Nazionale Forense” organised a Summer Course in collaboration with the School of Law of the King’s College of London, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London) and Universita’ di Roma La Sapienza on the 25-29 July 2016, on the subject of “Business Internationalisation between European Law and Global Law”. 

The sessions were held by legal professionals, academics and representatives of legal institution in the UK and in Italy. Guido Alpa, Immidiate Past-President of the Italian Bar Association (Consiglio Nazionale Forense), presented on the arbitration clause in consumer contracts and gave his consluding remarks to the Conference.

A roundtable on the impacts of Brexit on the UK’s legal services sector was organsied on the 29th July. Speakers included Mark Paulson (Head of Family & Social Justice at The Law Society of England and Wales), Diana Wallis (ex-vice President of the European Parliament), Christian Wisskirchen (Head of International at the Bar Council of England and Wales), Anna Marra (Perpresentative of the Banca d’Italia) and Michael Martins (Economist at the Institute of Directors).  

Mark Paulson talked about the impacts of Brexit on the UK’s legal services sector. In particular, he explored the recent report of The Law Society “The EU and the legal Sector” by giving an in depth analysis of the main consequences that the exit of the UK from the EU would generate for legal professionals in the UK and EU countries for the legal profession. 

In specific, his intervention touched upon the impact on areas of law and rights and on business; England and Wales as a global legal services centre and as a jurisdiction of choice; and provided some insights on further negotiations regarding relationships with third parties. Furthermore, he elaborated his speech around the topics of the economic value of the legal sector, as well as The Law Society’s engagegment with the UK Government on Brexit. 

The roundtable was well-attended by Italian and other foreign legal professionals, who contributed to the quality of the discussion held with panelists. 

If you wish to have more information on the programme and on the Consiglio Nazionale Forense, please visit this website