Many thanks to all the delegates and participants from England and Wales for making the visit a great insightful and educational experience. Find below a summary of the three-day programme and details of the delegation.

On day one of the trade mission, the delegates had the opportunity to learn more about the impact of technology on legal services and the role of the profession as well as the effect of technological advancements on dispute resolution and the regulation of the justice system in two parallel seminars as part of our ‘Opening of the Legal year seminars’.

Following the session the participants visited the UK Supreme Court, learning about its procedures, workings and cases of the greatest public or constitutional importance.

On of the highlights of the visit was the roundtable discussion on ‘Doing Legal Business in Central Asia’. Members of the delegation from the region’s different countries and with different areas of expertise shared their knowledge and experiences around the developments in the region and how their firms plan for the future. You can take a look at their background and their firms in the delegate brochure in the attachement on the right

The discussion was chaired by Sergey Ostrovsky, Partner and Head of Russia and CIS Practice, Ashurst.

The panelist included:

  • Ainur Karbozova, Counsellor of Investments Technologies and Trade, the Embassy of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom
  • Eugenia Rebotunova, Senior Counsel, Sayenko Kharenko, London
  • Liza Zhumakhmetova, Partner, Signum Law Firm, Kazakhstan
  • Lydia Ivanova, Prime Advice, Russia
  • Otabek Suleimanov, Partner, Centil Law Firm, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Iran
  • Segei Grachev, Managing Partner, MGAP Attorney at Law, Russia

Following the session, Mishcon de Reya LLP kindly hosted the delegation for a networking lunch.

In the afternoon of the same day, the delegation was able to gain valuable insight into some specifics of ‘Doing legal business in England and Wales’. Partners from English Law firms with specific expertise talked about

  • Interim relief for CIS civil proceedings plus enforcing foreign judgments in English courts - Jason Woodland, Partner, Peters & Peters LLP
  • Common Reporting Standard for automatic exchange of information - Ed Powles, Partner, Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
  • Employment Issues for Russian and CIS Businesses with UK operations - David Fisher, CM Murray LLP

The last day of the visit coincided with our International Marketplace conference. Delegations from Latin America, China, and Central Asia, as well as UK law firms and bar leaders from around the world had the opportunity to hear from different panels dicussing the relationship between clients and firms, Brexit and the marketplace, and the future influence of technology on the legal profession. Delegates actively participated in the discussions and networked intensively.

We have plenty of new opportunities coming up for the CIS region in 2016 - visit our regional page or sign up to the international newsletter to receive monthly updates on our activities.