The Law Society would like to hear the views of members working in or considering working in China’s free trade zones (FTZs) regarding their implications for the legal services sector in China. 

Your views will inform an article on FTZs and the legal sector and will help the Law Society to best represent its members’ views when liaising with its Chinese counterparts.

This is an exciting time for the development of FTZs in China. In the run up to the G20 summit in Hangzhou Chinese authorities announced that seven new FTZs will be established in the provinces of Liaoning, Zhejiang, Henan, Hubei Sichuan, Shaanxi, and the municipality of Chongqing.

While there are few details so far, the newly announced FTZs could follow the path of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, which began experimenting with legal services reform in 2013. This means that we are particularly interested in learning more about members’ experiences in Shanghai.

To register your interest, please by October 3.