China

The present legal system of the People's Republic of China began its development in the late 1970's and so, by global standards, the modern Chinese legal profession came into being relatively recently. Despite this late start, China now has at least 200,000 lawyers working in approximately 17,000 domestic law firms.

While its current legislation reflects a structural similarity to countries like Germany and France, in recent years, China has started to adopt some principles and institutions along the lines of a common law system.

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Vice President Christina Blacklaws talking to attendees of the UK-China Rule of Law Roundtable

Vice President gives speech at the 2nd UK-China Rule of Law Roundtable

2017-11-13T10:47:00+00:00By Catherine Brims

Christina Blacklaws comments on our collaboration with China and rule of law in the digital age

A photo of the Law Society of England and Wales' President, Joe Egan with Mr Zhang Mingqi, Vice-President of the China Law Society

Meeting with the China Law Society

2017-11-08T16:39:00+00:00By Catherine Brims

The Law Society discusses opportunities in second tier cities

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2016-03-14T16:03:00+00:00

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    Legal Life for a Chinese firm in... London

    2018-03-12T08:00:00+00:00

    Yuhua Yang, Partner at Llinks London office tells us what it’s like working for a Chinese firm in London

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    Legal life in... Shenzhen

    2015-05-18T14:35:00+01:00

    Hu Bingmei, part of our Chinese delegation for International Marketplace 2015, tells us about her legal life in Shenzhen and the secrets to doing business there.

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    Legal Life in... Shanghai

    2015-05-18T10:22:00+01:00

    Steven Yu, who will be joining us as part of the Chinese delegation at International Marketplace 2015, tells us about his legal life in Beijing and the secrets to doing business there.

  • Legal life in... Beijing and Hong Kong

    2015-02-23T17:06:00+00:00

    Matthew Townsend at the China Britain Law Institute (CBLI) shares his views about his Legal life in Beijing and Hong Kong.

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Your contact for this region is Donna Evans

Donna Evans

International Policy Adviser: North Asia and the Pacific

donna.evans@lawsociety.org.uk