On Thursday 26 September, President Simon Davis renewed our memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Korean Bar Association (KBA).

The timing of this renewal is particularly relevant to the Law Society of England & Wales.

The UK signed a continuity trade agreement with Korea on 22 August that enshrined the rights of our firms in South Korea to continue to benefit from existing trade arrangements, as they do currently, and provided a firm basis for an ambitious trading relationship in the future.

The ability to continue to practice post-Brexit was great issue of concern for us and our members practising in South Korea. We appreciate the support of the KBA in lobbying for this positive outcome.

We have a strong and close history with the KBA. We hope that this agreement may provide new avenues for us to work together in strengthening the relationship between our legal services sectors. We look forward to continuing these discussions under our MOU.

Following the signing, President Simon Davis Co-Chaired a joint seminar on Ethics and the profession with Beomsu Kim, Chair of the KBA International Committee.

President Chan Hee Lee opened the panel discussion, which covered ethics in international arbitration, ethics and the challenges from globalisation and the membership and disciplinary policies of both England and Wales and South Korea.

Together with our president, panellists were Philip Do Youn Kim, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills, Sung-Hwan Choi, Partner, Hill Dickinson LLP and Ha-Ram Chun, Vice President(Legislation) of the KBA.

President Simon Davis discussed in detail the disciplinary and membership policy in England and Wales as well as qualification through the Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Scheme (QLTS) and incoming Solicitor’s Qualifying Exam (SQE).

The International Department regularly works with our colleagues at the Korean Bar Association. If you are interested in our work in South Korea, please email asia@lawsociety.org.uk.

For the latest updates on the SQE, see our policy update