The Law Society is the independent, professional body, established for solicitors in 1825, that works locally and globally to represent and support our members, promoting the highest professional standards and the rule of law.
The Society protects and promotes the interests of the profession by providing advice, training, products and services to its members, and by developing new legal markets and international networks.
As the professional body for solicitors, the Law Society represents the views, interests and values of our members in forums where the influence and authority of the law is debated such as within government, with regulators and in the wider community.
The profession generates two per cent of UK GDP and has a long and proud history of the highest professional standards, delivering essential services to businesses and communities. The Law Society is committed to ensuring that the unique role of solicitors is recognised and celebrated.
The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:
- The Bar’s high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services
- Fair access to justice for all
- The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and
- The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad
The General Council of the Bar, known as the Bar Council, is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board. The Bar Council was founded in 1894 to represent the interests of barristers. Its role is to promote and improve the services and functions of the Bar, and to represent the interests of the Bar on all matters relating to the profession, whether trade union, disciplinary, public interest or in any way affecting the administration of justice.
The City of London Corporation supports and promotes the City as the world leader in international finance and business services; provides local services and policing for those working or living in, or visiting, the Square Mile; and delivers a wide range of services to London and the nation. These include the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; the Guildhall Library and Art Gallery and London Metropolitan Archives; a range of education provision (including three City Academies); five Thames bridges (including Tower Bridge and the Millennium Bridge); the Central Criminal Court at Old Bailey; almost 11,000 acres of open spaces (including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest); and three wholesale food markets. The City Corporation works in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on the regeneration of surrounding areas.
- We serve the public by upholding the rule of law, and by delivering an efficient, fair, timely and effective justice system in which the public has confidence
- We enforce the decisions of the court: we punish offenders and work to reduce reoffending. We prevent victims by changing lives
- In partnership with an independent judiciary, we run the courts and tribunals service, helping individuals, businesses and families resolve their disputes
- We protect vulnerable members of society and children, and help to ensure victims of crime get justice
- We provide legal aid and advice for those cases where it is justified
- We develop policy on all aspects of law and justice, both domestically and internationally, helping to build a legal and rights framework that is clear and proportionate and that commands confidence around the world
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business.
UK Trade & Investment staff are experts in helping businesses grow internationally. We provide expert trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies wishing to grow their business overseas and become competitive on the world stage. With 2,200 staff and a presence in over 100 countries, UKTI can assist you on every step of the exporting journey. Whatever stage of development your business is at, we can give you the support that you need to expand and prosper.
Through a range of unique services, including participation at selected trade fairs, outward missions and providing bespoke market intelligence, we can help you crack foreign markets and get to grips quickly with overseas regulations and business practice.
UKTI is pleased to continue to support the strong private/public partnership promoting UK legal excellence globally in close collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, TheCityUK and all UK legal professional bodies.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year teaching English, sharing the arts and in education and society programmes. We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than a quarter of our turnover which in 2012/13 was £781 million. The rest we earn from English teaching, UK exams and services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with other institutions, brands and companies. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and creates prosperity and security for the UK and the countries we work in all around the world.
The City of London Law Society (CLLS) represents some 15,000 City lawyers through individual and corporate membership including many of the largest international law firms in the world. 57 law firms are corporate members, with the US firm Bryan Cave being the most recent member to join in May 2014. These law firms advise a variety of clients, from multinational companies and financial institutions to the UK and foreign governments’ departments, often in relation to complex, multi-jurisdictional legal issues.
The CLLS actively promotes the use of English law across the full range of national and international legal relations, ranging from multi-party litigation in the London commercial courts to supporting the English law studies of overseas students in London. The great majority of the CLLS’ work is carried out by 19 specialist committees, made up of highly qualified City lawyers acting in a voluntary capacity. The committees are supported by a small secretariat led by a non-Executive Chairman and a part-time Chief Executive.
The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for Scottish solicitors. We were established in 1949 and are financed by our members without any funding from government. Not only do we regulate and represent all practising solicitors in Scotland but we have an important duty towards the public interest. All practising solicitors are members of the Society and are required to meet our high standards.
Our aim is to lead and support a successful and respected Scottish legal profession.
This aim is underpinned by five objectives.
- Excellent solicitor professionalism and reputation
- Our members are trusted advisers of choice
- Our members are economically active and sustainable
- The Society is the professional body and regulator of choice
- The Society is a high performing organisation
The Law Society of Northern Ireland was established in 1922 when a Royal Charter was granted to solicitors in Northern Ireland to permit the setting up of the Incorporated Law Society of Northern Ireland. As laid out in the Royal Charter, the Law Society of Northern Ireland powers and duties are to represent and regulate the solicitors’ profession in Northern Ireland with the aim of protecting the public. Under the Solicitors (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, the Law Society acts as the regulatory authority governing the education, accounts, discipline and professional conduct of solicitors in order to maintain the independence, ethical standards, professional competence and quality of services offered to the public.
The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.
It has membership of 55 000 individual lawyers and 206 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents, and has considerable experience in providing assistance to the global legal community.
Grouped into two divisions – the Legal Practice Division and the Public and Professional Interest Division the IBA covers all practice areas and professional interests, providing members with access to leading experts and up-to-date information.
Through the various committees of the divisions, the IBA enables an interchange of information and views among its members as to laws, practices and professional responsibilities relating to the practice of business law around the globe.
TheCityUK represents the UK-based financial and related professional services industry. We lobby on its behalf, producing evidence of its importance to the wider national economy. At home in the UK, in the EU and internationally, we seek to influence policy to drive competitiveness, creating jobs and lasting economic growth.
UK-based financial and related professional services contributed 12% of UK GDP in 2013. Over 2 million people work in the industry across the country, two thirds of whom are outside London. Our industry employs 7% of the population and the productivity of these jobs is 70% above the UK average. Foreign companies invested around £100bn into UK financial companies since the start of 2007, more than in any other sector. The UK is Europe’s financial centre and leads the way in international banking, fund management, international insurance, private equity and derivatives trading. The UK also holds a leading position in the delivery of accounting services, legal services and management consulting
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) represents the bars and law societies of 45 European countries in their common dealings before European and other international institutions. Established in 1960, the CCBE is recognised as the voice of the European legal profession by the national bars and law societies on the one hand, and by the institutions of the European Union on the other. The CCBE has regular institutional contacts with the relevant interlocutors within the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. It also liaises with the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human of Human Rights, both of which have accepted the CCBE as an intervener in cases to represent the interests of the legal profession in Europe.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) was launched in January 2007 as the independent regulatory body of the Law Society of England and Wales. The SRA regulates more than 160,000 solicitors and 10,500 firms that range from sole practitioners to large firms with a global presence, and in-house solicitors in central and local government, commercial companies and charities.
The SRA’s guiding purpose is to protect the public by ensuring that solicitors meet high standards and acting when risks are identified. It sets the standards for qualification as a solicitor and provides a framework for continuing professional development. It supports and monitors the profession, protects consumers and tackles unacceptable performance and misconduct.
Within the changing regulatory framework of the Legal Services Act 2007, the SRA also promotes choice and accessibility by providing information to consumers to help them make decisions about legal services and the standards they are entitled to expect.
The SRA has its headquarters in Birmingham.
Since its launch in 2010, the Bingham Centre for The Rule of Law has taken on a remarkably wide range of projects in the UK and internationally, demonstrating the need for a body solely dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of the rule of law worldwide.
Named after Tom Bingham (Rt. Hon. Lord Bingham of Cornhill KG) who promoted the maintenance, development and promotion of the rule of law, the Bingham Centre seeks to:
- Provide an intellectual framework to define and implement the rule of law as a universal and practical concept;
- Highlight threats to the rule of law;
- Produce high quality studies and training on rule of law issues, drawing on comparative examples and seeking practical outcomes;
- Support capacity building and promotes a wider appreciation of the rule of law among governments, decision makers and the wider public, and
- Demonstrate how the rule of law upholds respect for human dignity and enhances economic development and political stability.
The Notaries Society is the representative society for the 900 or so Notaries Public practising in England and Wales.
The Notaries Society was founded in 1882 and was incorporated in April 1907, the twenty fifth anniversary of its founding. Membership of the Notaries Society is open to all Notaries in England and Wales, and to other Notaries whose Faculty is derived from the Court of Faculties.
Associate membership is open to notaries practising overseas. The Society is a membership body for the profession and has no disciplinary functions.
A modern institution with a long and distinguished history, Middle Temple is a place of many parts.
First and foremost, Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court which have the exclusive right to Call students to the Bar. The education and training of advocates lie at the heart of the Inn, but we are also a professional society for our membership worldwide.
Several important activities support Middle Temple’s core functions. In addition to teaching, training and the management of the Inn’s property portfolio, these include the provision of around £1 million per year in support of our students and other junior members; the running of a modern Law library and an historic archive; the oversight (with Inner Temple) of the historic Temple Church; and the management of a commercial events business. All of these activities represent the 21st century Middle Temple, but training and education will always be at its core.
The Inner Temple is one of the four Inns of Court and along with information on how to become a barrister; how to join the Inn; scholarships; student barrister (BPTC) qualifying sessions; CPD for practising barristers and social events, you will also be able to find out about the Inner Temple’s history, from its buildings to some of its more famous members; filming and even hosting your own function at Inner Temple.
The Inns of Court are unincorporated associations which have existed since the 14th Century and play a central role in the recruitment of student members, training of aspiring barristers and continuing professional development of established barristers.
The Inn has over 8,000 qualified members, including Judges, Barristers (both practising and non-practising) and Pupils. Each year approximately 450 students apply to join the Inn with the intention of training for the Bar.
GC100 was officially launched on 9 March 2005. The Group was created in response to the increasing volume and complexity of domestic and international law and regulation which impacts on UK listed companies. Since its inception GC100 has successfully worked towards its principal objectives:
- To provide a forum for practical and business-focused input on key areas of legislative and policy reform common to UK listed companies
- To enable members to share best practice in relation to law, risk management, compliance and other areas of common interest
GC100 is an unincorporated association which is run through its executive committee. The executive committee meets every 6 weeks to oversee the initiatives that GC100 is involved in and to provide strategic oversight for the Group.
We are supported by Practical Law, our secretariat. They coordinate the activities of the group, highlight relevant legislative changes, coordinate membership responses and draft papers.
The Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee is charged by the Magna Carta Trust to co-ordinate activities, raise the profile of the anniversary and deliver a number of key national and international aspirations.
The Magna Carta Trust is honoured to have HM Queen as its Patron. The Committee is providing support to hundreds of organisations through monthly meetings, regular stakeholder networking events and through keeping all those interested involved through its website and newsletter. A wide range of local, national and international events are taking place in 2014 and 2015 to commemorate and celebrate Magna Carta. For more information, please visit www.magnacarta800th.com
The Judiciary of England and Wales comprises 27,000 judicial office holders in England and Wales, sitting in courts and tribunals and including 21,000 lay magistrates. The judiciary is headed by the Lord Chief Justice who, following the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, became President of the Courts of England and Wales. The Act enshrined judicial independence in law, and the duty of Ministers’ to uphold it.
The judiciary is pleased to support the Global Law Summit on the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, which has had such an impact on the development of the rule of law in this country and internationally. Those themes and principles have equal resonance today in terms of a fair, independent and impartial justice system, and the judiciary look forward to speaking and taking part in the summit.
The International Section of the New York State Bar (NYSBA) is dedicated to the promotion of the international practice of law on all planes of international life – whether commercially or for the public good – and the support of the rule of law throughout the world. While the majority of the Section’s members are admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, many members are licensed attorneys in other states of the United States or other countries. All licensed attorneys who are resident or non-resident members of the New York State Bar Association are invited to join the Section. The Section provides to its members a wide array of conferences, seminars, web-conferencing, and informational and educational meetings.
The Faculty of Advocates Scottish Bar has been in existence since 1532 when the College of Justice was set up by Act of the Scots Parliament, but its origins are believed to predate that event. It is self-regulating, and the Court delegates to the Faculty the task of preparing Intrants for admission as Advocates. This task involves a process of examination and practical instruction known as devilling, during which Intrants benefit from intensive structured training in the special skills of advocacy. No-one can be presented to the Court as suitable to be a practising Advocate without satisfying these training requirements. The Faculty also provides for its Members an ongoing programme of talks, seminars and conferences covering a wide range of topics. The Faculty’s training courses are regarded as among the best in the English speaking world.
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is a leading professional membership organisation representing the interests of alternative dispute practitioners worldwide. With over 13,000 members located in more than 120 countries, CIArb supports the global promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of private dispute resolution.
As a not-for-profit, UK registered charity, CIArb works in the public interest through an international network of 37 branches.
In addition to providing education and training for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators, we act as an international centre for practitioners, policy makers, academics and those in business concerned with the cost-effective and early settlement of disputes. This gives users confidence that the very best people are helping to resolve their dispute.
For members, and where appropriate, non-members, CIArb offers a range of resources. It provides tools, support, advice, networking and promotional opportunities as well as facilities for hearings, meetings and other events.
Founded in 1933, the American Bar Association Section of International Law is the leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners. It is the only ABA entity that focuses on the full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities.
The Section’s purposes are to promote interest, activity, and research in international and comparative law and related areas; to further its development; to diffuse knowledge among members of the legal profession and others; to formulate professional opinion thereon; to promote professional relationships with lawyers similarly engaged in foreign countries; and to implement Goal IV of the Association — “To advance the rule of law in the world.”
The Section’s membership of 23,000+ spans over 90 countries, which includes 18% of its members as qualified lawyers practicing abroad and another 18% as non-U.S. qualified lawyers.
COMBAR is the specialist association of the English and Welsh Commercial Bar. We represent 1250 individual members and 38 of the leading barristers’ chambers, all of which provide specialist advice, advocacy and mediation services in relation to commercial law for businesses, individuals and other organisations. Our members carry out work nationally and internationally, in the context of both litigation and arbitration. The English Bar’s reputation for dealing with commercial disputes goes back centuries. London’s first specialist Commercial Court was founded in 1895, while COMBAR itself was formed in 1989 in response to growing domestic and international demand for the services of commercial barristers. Six of COMBAR’s former Chairmen have gone on to become Judges of the Commercial Court, demonstrating the calibre of the COMBAR leadership and allowing the association to enjoy a close, professional relationship with the judges of the commercial court.
TECBAR was founded in 1983 and now has over 350 members. It is the specialist bar association for employed or self-employed barristers who practise in the London or provincial Technology and Construction Court or before adjudicators, arbitrators and other tribunals. Claims tried in the TCC involve construction and engineering projects both here and abroad, IT, environmental, professional negligence and property dilapidation disputes and adjudication enforcement. TECBAR is a member of the Bar Council and a TECBAR representative attends its meetings.
The Chancery Bar Association was established in 1935 and is the oldest specialist bar association. The ChBA has over 1,200 members as of December 2013. Our members are barristers who practise Chancery law. The Chancery Bar offers great depth of legal expertise across the whole spectrum of finance, property and business law. It stands for excellence, knowledge and attention to detail. Our members provide specialist advice and high quality advocacy in all courts and tribunals in England and Wales and in many courts and tribunals abroad. They regularly appear in the Chancery Division of the High Court, but are equally at home in other divisions of the High Court. Our members also appear in county courts, specialist tribunals, arbitrations and mediations. Many of our members act as arbitrators and mediators.
For over 85 years, the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA – International Association of Lawyers) has been defending the legal profession and facilitating international contacts, cooperation and the exchange of knowledge among lawyers, while respecting their cultural and professional diversity.
As an association that is open to all legal professionals, the UIA is the only multilingual and multicultural international association of lawyers that:
- Promotes the fundamental principles of the legal profession and the development of legal knowledge in all fields at the international level
- Contributes to the professional growth of its members through the exchange of information in forums established by its Commissions and Working Groups
- Intervenes frequently all over the world on behalf of lawyers who are imprisoned or persecuted for practising their profession
Today, the UIA brings together several thousand members and hundreds of bars, federations and associations from over 110 countries.
The Law Council of Australia represents the legal profession at the national level. It speaks on behalf of its constituent bodies on national issues and promotes the administration of justice, access to justice and the general improvement of the law.
The Law Council advises governments, courts and federal agencies on ways in which the law and the justice system can be improved for the benefit of the community. The Law Council also represents the Australian legal profession internationally, and maintains close relationships with legal professional bodies throughout the world.
The Law Council was established in 1933 and represents 16 Australian state and territory law societies and bar associations and the Large Law Firm Group, which are known collectively as the Law Council’s constituent bodies.
Through this representation, the Law Council effectively acts on behalf of approximately 60,000 lawyers across Australia.
The Inter-American Bar Association (“IABA”) represents a permanent forum for the exchange of professional views and information for lawyers to promote the Rule of Law and protect the democratic institutions in the Americas.
The IABA holds an international conference in one of the countries of the Americas on an annual basis during which time special seminars on legal topics are presented and IABA Committees and Sections meet. These meetings serve as a forum for the presentation of papers and the consideration of issues and resolutions related to them. They facilitate networking and discussion of current issues of interest to lawyers of the Americas, their respective governments, and various international organizations.
In addition, social events are held which emphasize local culture and cuisine. The IABA also offers regional seminars, has an active Young Lawyers Section, and participates in international conferences and meetings sponsored by other international and national legal organizations.
The Korean Bar Association (KBA), established in July 1952, has been the main regulatory body for lawyers in the Republic of Korea. With a membership of 14,911 registered individual legal professionals and representing 14 local bar associations nationwide, the KBA strives to achieve unity, growth and development of social policies and the rule of law based on constitutionalism for the benefit of the nation.
With a dual system of attorney qualification, which will last until 2017, and the opening doors of the Korean legal market, the KBA has been engaged in facilitating the process and the expansion taking place in the legal profession of Korea, while maintaining great working relationships with international organizations to enable international development and competency of our attorneys.
International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) is the only global association devoted to lawyers and in-house counsel aged 45 and under. Through a wide range of meetings, seminars, law courses and advocacy, AIJA promotes professional cooperation and friendship among young career-building legal professionals on an international stage.
The motor that keeps AIJA running is its membership. AIJA’s members are active in different ways and at different levels: they have privileged access to highly informative events and can be committed to very interesting commissions whose scientific work is recognized by the global legal community.
The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) is an autonomous body comprised of the 52 bar associations in Japan, their individual members, and legal professional corporations. Founded in 1949, the JFBA self-regulates the legal profession and strives to further the primary role of attorneys in society: the protection of fundamental human rights and the realization of social justice.
Aiming for a judicial system that is familiar, open, and accessible to the public, the JFBA has been engaged in the reform of the judicial system. Its various committees are dedicated to assisting victims of discrimination and rights violations, protecting the environment, promoting legal reforms, improving legal practice, and encouraging public service by attorneys.
Since incorporating, and with support from foundations, law firms, lawyers, and government programs, the International Senior Lawyers Project has sent hundreds of experienced lawyers to work, pro bono, with clients in more than 50 countries and has delivered more than $100 million worth of pro bono legal assistance through both on-site projects and remote analysis and advice. ISLP is now widely recognized for the high quality law-related assistance and capacity building it offers to select clients – including civil society organisations, least-developed country governments, and other institutions – with scarce resources and little or no access to experienced lawyers to help them meet important rule of law and development needs.
The Great Britain-China Centre’s mission is to develop UK-China relations and work for shared prosperity by building trust and understanding through dialogue and by promoting the rule of law, good governance and sustainable development. We build trust and understanding by organising dialogues between decision-makers in both countries, regularly taking cross-party groups of UK politicians to China, inviting high-level delegations to the UK for closed-door discussions with UK counterparts and designing collaborative projects with Chinese partners. By focussing on policy priorities for both China and the UK, GBCC designs and implements high quality partnership projects that deliver measurable results for both sides. We specialise in projects on criminal justice, legal and judicial development, sharing best practice models with Chinese experts engaged in reform.
The IDRC was established in 2000 to meet the demand for a neutral Alternative Dispute Resolution facility. Being located at the heart of ‘Legal London’- The IDRC is the United Kingdom’s leading facility at which to conduct arbitrations, mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, whilst also providing rooms and support services for meetings, training courses and seminars. Annually the centre facilitates in excess of 500 international disputes making The IDRC the largest and leading ADR facility in the world.
The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) is the national voice of the legal profession in Ghana. It is dedicated to defending the rights and liberties of all persons and has since its inception fought for the establishment and maintenance of democracy and the rule of law. By convention, all lawyers admitted to practice in Ghana automatically become members of the GBA. It is currently estimated that there are some 4,500 legal practitioners in the country.
The GBA is independent of government, funding its own activities from annual fees paid by its members. It functions through its Bar Council, various committees and the regional branches. Its members provide quality professional services to businesses and institutions both in Ghana and abroad. The Association organizes and promotes further legal education for its members and fosters good relationships between the association and similar organisation of lawyers in other countries.
The American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with nearly 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. It is committed to serving our members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world.
Founded in 1878, the ABA is committed to supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals while improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, establishing model ethical codes, and more. Membership is open to lawyers, law students, and others interested in the law and the legal profession.
The ABA’s national headquarters are in Chicago, and we maintain a significant office in Washington D.C.
Hong Kong has a split legal profession comprising solicitors and barristers. The Law Society of Hong Kong (“the Law Society”) is the professional association for solicitors in Hong Kong established since 1907.
As a self-regulatory and representative body, the Law Society ensures compliance by solicitors with relevant laws and regulations, promotes good standards of practice and provides services to its members. The Law Society also has a certificating role in the solicitors’ admission procedure. It is empowered by law to issue annual practising certificates to Hong Kong solicitors and registration certificates to foreign lawyers and foreign law firms in Hong Kong.
As an international legal service centre, Hong Kong is well supported by a strong legal profession equipped with top quality professional expertise in a wide range of legal services to meet the diversified needs of clients. As of the end of October 2014, the Law Society had 9,347 members, out of whom 8,203 had a current practising certificate to practise as a Hong Kong solicitor. There were also 1,343 foreign lawyers qualified primarily from 31 jurisdictions.
Established in 2004, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts administer a unique English-language common law system – offering swift, independent justice to settle local and international commercial or civil disputes. The Courts provide certainty through transparent, enforceable judgments from internationally-recognised judges, who adhere to the highest global legal standards. The DIFC Courts are independent from, but complementary to, the UAE’s Arabic-language civil law system. In October 2011, a decree of the Ruler of Dubai opened the DIFC Courts’ jurisdiction to provide the international business community with access to one of the most advanced commercial courts in the world. Over 700 cases have been resolved through the DIFC Courts since 2008, while over 90% of Small Claims Tribunal cases are concluded within three weeks. The Courts’ community-focused approach encourages early settlement, while the successful track record supports Dubai’s growing status as an international business hub.
The IADC is the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. Founded in 1920, the IADC’s members hail from five continents, 40 countries, and all 50 U.S. states. The core purposes of the IADC are to enhance the development of skills, promote professionalism, and facilitate camaraderie among its members, their clients, as well as the broader civil justice community.
BCCG and its large British-German entrepreneurial and institutional network are first port of call for companies and professionals seeking advice in British-German business and trade. For its services to members and other interested parties, the chamber actively uses this network. The chambers‘ extensive database of members are key for these services.
The German Bar Association is a voluntary association of German and German-speaking lawyers. It seeks to safeguard, protect and promote the professional and economic interests of the Bar, notary lawyers included, especially by promoting fair administration of justice and legislation, education and further training, encouragement of professional solidarity and scientific spirit among lawyers. The German Bar Association observes political and confessional neutrality and places great emphasis on respect for human rights and the rule of law. Furthermore it promotes gender equality. The DAV represents the German legal profession and aims at uniting all 160.000 lawyers in Germany and German lawyers abroad. Currently it has app. 67.000 individual members, organized in 257 local bar associations, 11 of which are based outside Germany (Brazil, France (2), Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom).
ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) is the chartered membership and qualifying body for professionals working in governance, risk and compliance, including company secretaries. Our members work in all sectors and at every level of seniority. With over 120 years of experience, we champion high governance standards by providing qualifications, training, high quality guidance and support (including technical resources, publications and software), and through our work with regulators and policy makers.
The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (“IPBA”) is an international association of business and commercial lawyers who live in, or otherwise have a strong interest in, the Asia-Pacific Region (sometimes referred to as the “Region”). It was established in April 1991 at an organizing conference held in Tokyo attended by more than 500 lawyers from countries within the Asia-Pacific Region. Since then, it has grown to become the pre-eminent legal association in this Region, with membership drawn from throughout the world, and currently has over 1,400 members from over 65 jurisdictions worldwide.
The Warsaw Bar Association is the professional self-regulatory organization of legal advisers in the Warsaw region. The purpose of the organization is to represent the professional interests of legal advisers and to ensure the highest quality of the legal services they provide through:
- Training of candidates for the bar
- Continuing legal education
- Censuring of instances of improper practice of the profession or unethical behaviour.
- The Warsaw Bar Association also:
- Undertakes professional integration initiatives
- Conducts publishing activity
- Conducts pro bono activity
- Organizes preparatory courses for the qualifying exam for bar trainees.
The Warsaw Bar Association is the largest regional bar association in Poland (alongside professional associations for advocates, notaries, patent attorneys and tax advisers). With nearly 10,000 members, 16% of all legal advisers in Poland are members of the Warsaw Bar Association.