Simon Davis, Vice President of the Law Society and Steven Thompson QC, Chair of the International Committee at the Bar Council led a strong delegation of 25 solicitors and barristers on our recent visit to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from 8 – 11 April 2019. The visit was part of our activities to further develop legal links and business relations between legal practitioners and business representatives from both countries.

As part of the visit, the Vice President, Simon Davis and the International Policy Adviser for the CIS met with key stakeholders to discuss the rule of law, independence of lawyers and areas for future collaboration.

On the first day of the visit, the delegation attended a briefing session with Christopher Campbell-Holt at the new AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre. The meeting was an opportunity for members of the delegation to find out more about the new court system and the registration procedures.

In the afternoon, we co-hosted an English-Kazakh legal dialogue conference with the Kazakhstan Bar Association (KazBar) for legal practitioners, students, judges and academics. Over 50 delegates attended the conference which included two dynamic panel discussions on ‘Law firm management – succession planning for the next generation’ and ‘Practising law as a business: professional standards and ethics’.

On day two of the visit, the Law Society hosted an English Law Summit in partnership with the Bar Council and the British Embassy in Nur-Sultan. The event was supported by KazBar and the British Kazakh Law Association. Our Vice President, Simon Davis gave the opening remarks alongside Mike Gifford, British Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Almat Madaliyev, Vice Minister of Justice Kazakhstan, and Steven Thompson QC.

The conference attracted over 150 delegates from the UK and Kazakhstan. Attendees had opportunities to discuss recent developments in English law, the UK withdrawal from the EU, foreign direct investment, international arbitration – effective use of soft skills, and explore a case study of a claim in England involving a Kazakhstani party.

According to participants, the high quality of speakers and moderators, and the interactive panel discussions and case study session made the conference a great success. Please find the full conference programme and presentation slides for Nur-Sultan below.