The Law Society is a member of the European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA). Created in 1983, ECLA is the umbrella organisation for 20 company lawyer associations in Europe.

Membership is not open to individuals but company lawyers who are members of a national association can share the benefits ECLA negotiates for its members. These include discounts to conferences, legal education training, free publications and more.

ECLA seeks to respond to and influence the European in-house corporate counsel network, European organisations and policy making bodies. It’s primary goals are:

  • to identify and eliminate regulatory threats to the position or practice of in-house lawyers;
  • to identify, seize and exploit regulatory opportunities suitable to enhance the position of in-house lawyers;
  • to enhance the acceptance and demand for an active role of in-house lawyers.

It monitors development of the position of in-house lawyers in members’ jurisdictions and shares best practice amongst in-house lawyers.

The Law Society actively participates in ECLA and in March 2012, hosted their spring meeting in London.

The ECLA 2012 annual general meeting was held in Berlin. Members of the ECLA general assembly were invited to join the German in-house lawyers association for a gala dinner held at the British Embassy.

At the general assembly, Phillipe Coen (France) was elected President of ECLA replacing Peter Krippendorf (Germany).