“The nuts and bolts of cross-border and EU litigation post-Brexit” @ Manchester Civil Justice Center
May 23 @ 17:00 – 19:00

Whatever happens with Brexit, a knowledge of EU law and its principles has become increasingly relevant for a legal practice in most areas of law. Presuming Brexit goes ahead, the entire acquis of EU law will crystallise and become part of our domestic law on Brexit day, but subject to ministerial powers to re-write areasof law considered to be “deficient”. Lawyers wishing to challenge any unlawfulexercise of these Henry VIII powers will not only need to have a solid grounding in public law and judicial review but will also need to understand EU law on Brexit day, as well as EU law and its legal principles as they develop. And even if Brexit is halted in its tracks, there is an ever greater need now to understand EU law in cases involving both domestic and cross-border litigation.

To register for free, please email

Find more information in the following flyer: EC Event 23.05.19

Which seat to choose? Debate on the merits of arbitration in the following jurisdictions: England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Switzerland @ Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
Jun 11 @ 17:30 – 21:00

In Conjunction with the Scottish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

The Franco British Lawyers Society has been holding this particular event since 1995 in Edinburgh London, Dublin and Paris. The choice of the seat of Arbitration is an important one, and many jurisdictions seek to attract arbitrations to their shore. This panel of experienced practitioners will highlight the differences and advantages of their particular jurisdictions

England – Nicholas Stewart QC, barrister, Deputy High Court Judge
France – Rajeev Sharam Fokeer, Avocat associe/Partner, FTPA (Paris&London)
Ireland – Arran Dowling Hussey, barrister, adjudicator, arbitrator and mediator. Dublin, Belfast and London
Scotland – David Arnott, Partner Construction Group Brodies LLP
Switzerland – Marc Veit, Partner Arbitration and Litigation Lalive

The Debate will be chaired by Brandon Malone, of Brandon Malone & Company

Date: 11th June 2019
Venue: Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, 19 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1SD
5:30pm – Registration
6pm – 8pm – Debate
8pm onwards – Drinks Reception

The Drinks Reception is kindly sponsored by the Scottish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

The event is free of charge and is accredited for 2 hours CPD points with the SRA, the Bar Standards Board and the Ecole de Formation du Barreau

To reserve a place, please email the CIArb (SB) Honorary Secretary at:

Numbers are limited and registration will be on a first-come first-served basis

Find the flyer here: FBLS – Which Seat to Chose – Edinburgh – 11 June 2019

The London Legal Walk 2019 @ 4-5 Gray's Inn Square Barrister Chambers
Jun 17 @ 16:30 – 19:00

The 2019 London Legal Walk will take place on Monday 17th June 2019 from 4.30pm. As in previous years, the FBLS is keen on building a team and would like to invite you to join!

This is a unique opportunity to join more than 8,000 members of the legal profession to raise much-needed money for free legal advice agencies.

Please let us know (by email) should you wish to attend so that we can start building our team and for security purposes.

Limited tee-shirts will be available prior to the walk. You can pre-order one for £10 before 15 April 2019 by email providing your size (S, M, L, XL, 2XL) and your payment method (cheque, PayPal, Bank transfert).

We very much look forward to seeing a strong FBLS members’ mobilisation for this event.

Oscar Wilde Trial Re-enactment
Jun 19 @ 18:00 – 21:00
Visit to the Court of Justice of the European Union
Jun 25 @ 09:00 – 16:00
Visit to the Court of Justice of the European Union

The visit will comprise a hearing before the Court of Justice, followed by presentations from members of the Court including Judge Jean-Claude Bonichot, President of the First Chamber of the Court, Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston and Judge Ian Forrester, judge at the General Court. Lunch will be offered in the Court’s dining rooms and the visit will end with a tour of the Court’s buildings. There will be an informal dinner in central Luxembourg which all are very welcome to attend.

La visite comprendra une audience devant la Cour de justice, suivie de presentations par des members de la Cour, y compris M. Jean-Claude Bonichot, Président de la première chambre de la Cour, Mme l’avocat général Sharpston et M. le juge Forrester, juge au Tribunal de l’Union. Un déjeuner sera offert dans les salons de la Cour et la visite se terminera par une visite des locaux de la Cour. Un dîner informel sera organisé pour le soir du 24 juin.  

Advance registration is required in order to comply with the Court’s security requirements. There is no charge for the visit.

Inscription gratuite requise pour répondre aux exigences de sécurité de la Cour.

FBLS CJEU Visit 2019 – Flier [PDF]

For further information and registration, please contact

FBLS CJEU Visit 2019 – Flier [PDF]


European Lawyers Summer Reception @ Law Society
Jul 8 @ 17:30 – 20:00

It is our pleasure to share this invitation from the Law Society of England and Wales to their European Lawyers summer reception taking place on the 8th July 2019.

This event will be an opportunity for Registered European Lawyers working in England and Wales, and for other key stakeholders, to get together and hear about the support the Law Society can provide.

You will hear from their incoming vice president David Greene about their work in Europe, particularly in the context of Brexit.
Members of the International Team will also be available to answer any questions you might have.


17:30 – 18:00    Registration and refreshments
18:00 – 18:15    Welcome speech: David Greene, incoming vice president, The Law Society of England and Wales
18:15 – 20:00    Drinks and networking reception

Rsvp: please click here to book your place at the summer reception

Summer reception: Prix Roederer @ Résidence de France (Residence of the French Ambassador in London)
Jul 23 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Reception to present the Franco British Lawyers Society’s prestigious Annual Award: the prix Champagne Louis Roederer
Jointly created by the Franco British Lawyers Society and the Champagne Louis Roederer, the prize is awarded to an organisation, law firm, in-house legal department, charitable organisation or individual that has demonstrated an “outstanding contribution to helping French women lawyers practise in London”.

Salon des associations Françaises en Grande-Bretagne @ TBD
Oct 12 @ 14:00 – 17:00
Belfast Colloquium 2019 : ‘Navigating Brexit – Icebergs Ahead? UK, Irish, French and EU Perspectives’ @ Inn of Court in Northern Ireland
Nov 15 all-day
Belfast Colloquium 2019 : 'Navigating Brexit - Icebergs Ahead? UK, Irish, French and EU Perspectives' @ Inn of Court in Northern Ireland

Save the date! More details to follow

Annual Colloquium 2019 – ‘Navigating Brexit – Icebergs Ahead? UK, Irish, French and EU Perspectives’

Friday 15 November 2019
Annual Colloquium at Inn of Court in Northern Ireland, Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast.
Reception and Gala Dinner at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Saturday 16 November 2019
Social event to be confirmed in Belfast

Legal Careers Forum
Nov 18 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Date TBC

Trade law / sanctions @ Hogan Lovells (London)
Jan 30 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Day and time TBC

More information to follow

Cross-Border Inheritance
Mar 4 @ 17:00 – 20:00

Date TBC

Franco-British Maritime Colloquium
Jun 1 @ 08:00 – 22:00

Date TBC

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