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”.

Property and Succession in France and in Scottish/French cross border cases @ French Institute of Scotland
Oct 3 @ 17:30 – 18:30
Property and Succession in France and in Scottish/French cross border cases @ French Institute of Scotland

The Franco-British Lawyers Society invites you to a presentation entitled “Property and Succession in France: a look at the practical operation of the EU Succession Regulation in Scottish/French cross border cases” by Diane Le Grand de Belleroche, Avocat à la Cour (Barreau de Paris) and Solicitor (England & Wales), Befair Avocats, Paris.

Ms de Belleroche will give a general introduction to succession law and highlight the main features of succession law and property ownership in France; she will then outline their practical impact through a case study involving a French woman and Scottish man who live in Scotland but own property in France.

The presentation will be followed by a drinks reception.

The event will be held at the Main Auditorium, Institut français d’Ecosse, West Parliament Square, in Edinburgh

Attendance at the event will qualify for 1 hour CPD.

Places are limited so please book your place via our EventBrite page


Flyer for the event: Succession and Property (Edinburgh) FBLS October 2019 [PDF]

Picture: French Home in provence by Kirk F – Public Domain

Aberdeen event on Property and Succession in France and in Scottish/French cross border cases @ Brodies House
Oct 4 @ 12:30 – 14:00

The Franco-British Lawyers Society invites you to a presentation entitled “Property and Succession in France: a look at the practical operation of the EU Succession Regulation in Scottish/French cross border cases” by Diane Le Grand de Belleroche, Avocat à la Cour (Barreau de Paris) and Solicitor (England & Wales), Befair Avocats, Paris.

Ms de Belleroche will give a general introduction to succession law and highlight the main features of succession law and property ownership in France; she will then outline their practical impact through a case study involving a French woman and Scottish man who live in Scotland but own property in France.

There will be tea/coffee and sandwiches from 12:30 with the presentation starting at 13:00.

The event will be held at Brodies House, 31-33 Union Grove Aberdeen, AB10 6SD

Attendance at the event will qualify for 1 hour CPD.

Colloque L’Homme, roi des animaux @ Sénat - Salle Clemenceau
Oct 11 @ 08:00 – 18:00

L’Association des Juristes Franco-Britanniques et la Société de Legislation Comparée organise le 11 octobre prochain un colloque au Sénat intitulé : L’Homme, roi des animaux.

Le colloque entend présenter les regards croisés de spécialistes français et britanniques (juristes praticiens, universitaires, scientifiques, etc.) sur l’appréhension par le Droit de la condition animale mais également sur la place faite à l’Animal dans nos sociétés et cultures respectives, aujourd’hui et après le Brexit.

Inscription obligatoire dans la limite des places disponibles avant le 9 octobre auprès de :

La participation à ce colloque est gratuite.
Merci de vous munir d’une pièce d’identité.

Conférence validée au titre de la formation continue des avocats (8 heures).


Salon des associations Françaises en Grande-Bretagne @ Baden-Powell House
Oct 12 @ 14:00 – 17:00

Salon Des Associations

Free entry

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British Society Centenary Gala Dinner
Oct 17 @ 19:00 – 22:15

The British Society Centenary Gala Dinner with Guest of Honour: Lord Ricketts GCMG GCVO will take place on Thursday 17 October 2019, from 7.00pm- 10.15pm in a private house in NW8. It is an elegant reception and dinner (Black Tie).

Short talks by our Distinguished Guests

Short Reading by Loïc Corbery, actor of La Comédie Française 

Price for this event.

Franco-British Society Member: £125.00 or £129.00 (with Paypal)

Guest of FBS Member: £135.00 or £139 (with Paypal)

Corporate Member: £140.00 or £144 (with Paypal)

click on the link below for more information and booking form:

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Regulating digital platforms: comparing the British and French models @ Edinburgh University - Lister Learning & Teaching Building - Room 5.3
Oct 25 @ 13:30 – 18:00

Regulating digital platforms: comparing the British and French models

25 October 2019 | 13.30 – 18.00Room 5.3 – Lister Learning & Teaching Building – Edinburgh University

About the conference: Digital platforms play a central role in everyday life for people and businesses; from communications to financial transactions, from intellectual property to job markets, the digital transformation reshapes every aspect of society. International academics discuss together current trends and perspectives in the regulation of platforms, and how platforms themselves are becoming the regulators of our digital lives.

Attendance at the event may qualify for 4 hours CPD. The event is accredited with the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland. Advocates in Scotland will be eligible to claim for 4 CPD hours. Solicitors in Scotland self-certify.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required through Eventbrite:

Conference Programme – Regulation of Digitial Platforms Edinburgh 25 Octobre [PDF document]

I. Platform regulation

1.40 The effectiveness of platforms’ French legal obligations – Sylvain CHATRY, Senior Lecturer in IP/IT Law, University of Perpignan

2.00 Edge Computing and Demonstrating Accountability through the Databox – Lachlan URQUHART, Lecturer in Technology Law, University of Edinburgh

2.20 Platforms, trademark infringement and trust – Caroline LE GOFFIC, Senior Lecturer in IP Law, University of Paris V and Yann BASIRE, Associate Professor at CEIPI, University of Strasbourg

2.40 Regulating financial platforms on crypto assets – Amélie FAVREAU, Senior Lecturer in IP/IT Law, University of Grenoble

3.00 Questions

3.20 Break

II. Regulation of activities on platforms

3.40 The notion of subordination against platform workers – Stéphanie LE CAM, Lecturer in IP and Labour Law, University of Rennes

4.00 Not just Uber… taxi services, platforms and competition law in Italy: the MyTaxi decisions of the Italian Competition Authority – Arianna ANDREANGELI, Senior Lecturer in European Law, Edinburgh Law School

4.20 Platforms and the fight against fake news: the UK system, Rachael CRAUFURD-SMITH, Reader in Media Law, University of Edinburgh

4.40 Platforms and the fight against fake news: the French system, Nathalie MALLET POUJOL, Research director at CNRS, University of Montpellier

5.00 Digital Platforms and the Rise of Global Regulation of Hate Speech – Paolo CAVALIERE, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Edinburgh

5.20 Questions


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

Friday 15 November 2019 – Vendredi 15 Novembre 2019

Inn of Court in Northern Ireland Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast 91 Chichester Street, Belfast BT1 3JQ

Stormont Parliament Buildings Ballymiscaw Road, Belfast BT4 3XX

Click on the link to register

Programme click on the link  FBLS PROG 2019 13.11.19

Every year, the Association des Juristes Franco-Britanniques (AJFB/FBLS) organises a colloquium to enable all the legal professions to meet, alternatively in France, in England and Wales, and in Scotland, on a topic of general interest for the various legal worlds constituting our civil and common law systems. While celebrating its 12th anniversary, the Northern Irish section is organising our annual colloquium for the first time.

The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on 31 October 2019, unless a new postponement is granted. All the sections of the AJFB/ FBLS invite you to Northern-Ireland for our annual colloquium, in an area particularly concerned by Brexit. This event shall attract members of our society, lawyers and non-lawyers as well, from both sides of the Channel. Besides, AJFB/FBLS intends to closely involve eminent speakers from the Republic of Ireland, to enrich our talks and panels.
Because of the current political events in the United Kingdom, the programme is still being finalised. However, we do invite you to already mark your calendars and book your flights and accomodations to attend this event.

The colloquium shall be introduced by the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, the Rt. Hon. Sir Declan Morgan, and will consist of three panels around namely the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Bernard McCloskey, Judge of the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland, Ian Forrester QC, Judge at the General Court of the European Union, and Tim Eicke QC, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights.

A concluding cocktail and a gala dinner will be given exceptionnaly at Stormont, at the kind invitation of members of the Northern Irish Parliament.

Chaque année, l’Association des Juristes Franco-Britanniques (AJFB/FBLS) propose un colloque permettant à l’ensemble des professionnels du droit de se retrouver, alternativement en France, en Angleterre Pays-de-Galles et en Ecosse, sur un thème de société intéressant les différents mondes juridiques que nous constituons dans nos systèmes de droit civil et de common law. Pour la première fois, la section d’Irlande du Nord organise le colloque annuel, à l’occasion du 12ème anniversaire de la création de cette section.

Alors que la sortie du Royaume-Uni de l’Union européenne est prévue le 31 octobre 2019, sauf nouvel accord de prolongation du délai, l’ensemble des sections de l’AJFB/FBLS vous donne rendez-vous en Irlande du Nord, zone particulièrement affectée par le Brexit, pour ce colloque. Cette manifestation s’adressera aussi bien aux membres de notre association, aux juristes des deux côtés de la Manche qu’aux non-juristes. En outre, l’AJFB/FBLS compte associer à ses travaux d’éminents intervenants de la République d’Irlande, pour enrichir les différentes tables-rondes et discussions.

En raison des événements politiques actuels touchant le Royaume-Uni, le programme est en cours de finalisation. Cependant, nous vous invitons dès à présent à réserver la date dans vos agendas, ainsi que vos transports et logements pour prendre part à cet évenement.

Le colloque, qui sera introduit par the Right Honourable Sir Declan Morgan, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, s’organisera autour de trois tables rondes auxquelles participeront notamment The Honourable Lord Justice McCloskey, Lord Justice of Appeal, Ian Forrester QC, juge au Tribunal de l’Union européenne, Tim Eicke QC, juge à la Cour européenne des droits de l’Homme [ liste à compléter].

Une réception clôturera la journée de travail et un dîner de gala sera donné, à l’invitation des membres du Parlement nord-Irlandais, de manière exceptionnelle, à Stormont.

Programme subject to change – Speakers are free to talk in English or in French Programme sous réserve de modifications – L’intervenant sera libre de traiter son sujet en français ou en anglais.

Attendance at the Colloquium may qualify for 6.5 hours CPD / Colloque homologué par l’Ecole de Formation du Barreau pour 6 h 30 au titre de la formation continue des avocats.

The event is accredited with the Bar Council of Northern Ireland Barristers in England & Wales, CILEx. Solicitors in England & Wales, and in Scotland self-certify. Advocates in Scotland and Solicitors in Northern-Ireland will be eligible to claim for 6,5 CPD hours. The Franco-British Lawyers Society will issue an attendance certificate.

L’ordre public international en droits de la famille et des successions: comparaisons franco-anglaises @ Maison du Barreau
Dec 2 @ 18:30 – 21:30

Click on link below for more information:

2019 12 02 – AJFB – flyer ordre public international en droits de la famille et des successions

Quel impact la notion d’ordre public international, qui fait partie du droit international privé et figure dans les Règlements européens applicables en droit de la famille et des successions, peut-elle avoir dans un contexte franco-anglais ?
L’approche comparative, à travers les textes applicables et la jurisprudence existant dans chacune de ces juridictions, permettra de mettre en évidence les points communs, mais aussi les divergences existant dans ce domaine entre le droit français et le droit anglais, qui doivent être pris en compte dans les situations familiales et successorales impliquant les deux juridictions.

SOLD OUT Oscar Wilde Trial Re-enactment
Dec 19 @ 18:00 – 20:00


This project will be a moot based on the trial of Oscar Wilde rather than an exact reconstruction of it. The barristers will be preparing a set of facts based on the trial of Oscar Wilde. It would tend to concentrate more on the libel case than the criminal case.

Thomas Francis will be the applicant and Katherine Elliot the respondent. They are both from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Mark Warby will be the judge for this trial.

Merlin Holland who is Oscar Wilde’s grandson will make an introduction to the moot

The event will happen in three different parts: there will be an introduction of the historic case and some background of the law at the time, then have both parties’ submissions and, finally, we will finish by the judgment.

Link to flyer: Oscar Wilde On trial Flyer






Annual Reception at the House of Lords
Jan 27 @ 18:00 – 20:00

By Invitation Only

Arbitration: which seat to choose? @ Dublin Dispute Resolution Centre
Feb 6 @ 17:00 – 19:00

Click on the link below to see the flyer with all the information

Which Seat to Choose

POSTPONED “Complex tax issues arising between France and the United Kingdom for private clients” @ Pension Room at Gray’s Inn
Mar 26 @ 18:00 – 20:15

Due to growing concerns relating to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, it has been decided to postpone the event on Franco-British tax law matters scheduled for Thursday 26 March.  We are currently liaising with all interested parties to identify a suitable alternative date and we will send you a confirmation email as soon as practicable.

 We hope that you will be able to join us.




“Complex tax issues arising between France and the United Kingdom for private clients” 

Thursday 26 March 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm followed by a cocktail reception

The Large Pension Room

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
8 South Square
, London WC1R 5ET 

The Franco-British Lawyers Society, with the support of Bank Lombard Odier, is delighted to invite you to a seminar aiming to compare and contrast tax issues relating to private clients on both sides of the Channel and look at the specific issues arising in cross-border matters.

The specific tax issues which will be discussed will include the inheritance tax and the gift tax, as well as income tax questions and the French Impôt sur la Fortune Immobilière.

We will have the pleasure to have a panel composed of the following speakers:

  • Géraldine Appert, is based in London and is Senior Vice President responsible for the Wealth Planning offering for the UK Market at Lombard Odier, with 25 years of experience in advising international ultra-high net worth individuals with cross border wealth and succession planning, and in particular UK Resident Non-Domiciled.

Prior to joining the Lombard Odier Group, she worked for Société Générale (SG) Private Banking in London and Singapore, heading up the international wealth planning team. She was also a Director of SG London and Singapore Trust Company.

In the first half of her career, Géraldine was a French Barrister at the Paris Bar litigating in international contentious succession and a qualified UK Private Client solicitor in London. She is also fully STEP qualified.

  • Sarah Bogard, Senior Solicitor and Chartered Tax Adviser in the Private Client, Trusts and Estates team, as well as head of the French Property, Tax and Estates Team, at Furley Page. Her area of expertise lies in both English and French law for private individuals, including wills and succession planning, and English trusts to issues that might arise from French property ownership (such as advising British clients in respect of French property transactions and estate administrations).
  • Patrick Delas, Senior Associate at Russell Cooke Solicitors whose specialty includes advising on French and cross-border issues-including inheritance tax, capital gains tax, wealth tax and trust reporting obligations.
  • Stéphanie Prudent is the Fiscal Attachée before the French Embassy in London. After graduating
    from the prestigious school for national administration (ENA) in France, Stéphanie became a
    member of the French tax administration and was entrusted with several missions in France, until
    she became the Fiscal Attachée before the French Embassy in London in 2017. As such, she has a
    deep knowledge of specific tax issues arising between France and the UK.
  • Diane Le Grand de Belleroche, a partner at BeFair Avocats in Paris, Diane is an Avocat at the French Bar and a solicitor of England and Wales. She specialises in international private client matters, in particular in international successions, and advises clients both in France and abroad, with a particular focus on situations split between France and England, from the time of the estate planning to the moment of the administration. She is fully STEP qualified and she regularly publishes articles and speaks at conferences in France and abroad.

Diane will also intervene as the panel moderator.

To reserve a place, please email the FBLS Administrator at  Numbers are limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for non-FBLS members is £20.

You can pay via PayPal and confirm by email at or by bank transfer:

Barclay’s Bank, Victoria Branch

L’Association des Juristes Franco-Britanniques / The Franco British Lawyers Society Ltd

Sort Code: 20-94-48

Account Number: 30829862

Please include the following reference when making the transfer: Ctax

We invite you to join the Franco-British Lawyers Society (


POSTPONED Public Private Partnership Projects and Dispute Resolution: cross-border perspectives
Jun 2 @ 18:00 – 20:00

More information coming soon!

Jul 3 @ 10:30 – 12:00


The UK has voted to leave the European Union and is currently discussing the terms upon which future relations will be conducted.  It appears that there will be no extension of the time to establish new regimes after January 2021.  Immensely important questions need to be settled.   The Scottish Section of the Franco-British Lawyers’ Society and the School of Law at Glasgow University are jointly presenting a webinar on 3 July 2020 to review progress and identify concerns in a number of key areas, including criminal justice, persons, universities and cross border cooperation in regulation. The speakers will be:


–           James Wolffe, QC, the Lord Advocate and chief legal officer of the Scottish Government, who will address cooperation in enforcement and the proposed new extradition system that is intended to replace the European Arrest Warrant

–           Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston QC, who has written leading opinions on the rights of citizens will consider some potential consequences of Brexit.

–           Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, and an adviser of the First Minister of Scotland on Brexit matters, who will look at the position of the universities,


–           Maitre Stéphane Bonifassi, avocat at the Paris Bar and co-chairman of the French Committee of the FBLS, who will consider the multiple uncertainties touching Franco-British life and commerce.


To illustrate just one of the problematic areas, on 19 May, the UK Government published the draft legal texts it had submitted to the UK Task Force at the European Commission. Part 4 is headed ‘Extradition’ and sets out the proposals for a system of extradition that is intended to replace the European Arrest Warrant with effect from the end of the current transition period. For those who are interested, here is a link to the document containing the texts:


Universities UK have published a briefing paper on what they consider to be the relevant issues. This can be found at


These texts are under negotiation. They are therefore subject to change. Their future depends on a deal being successfully negotiated between the EU under a timescale which was already tight and which the corona virus has rendered perilous. In all of this, cooperation will be vital, not only at the negotiation stage but afterwards. The approach to interpretation and implementation to be taken by the administrations, politicians and the courts will be fundamental.


The webinar offers an opportunity to review progress and to identify matters that cannot not be addressed legislatively, or at least on a legislative basis alone. The webinar will commence at 10.30UK BST/ 11.30 CET on Friday 3 July and last for approximately 90 minutes. Each contributor will speak for roughly 15 minutes and there will be time for discussion and questions.  Ian Forrester QC, President of the Society, will chair the event.  Professor Sir David Edward QC will give concluding remarks by way of synthesis.


Registration is free and all are welcome.

To register, please email: and details of how to join will be sent prior to the event.

The webinar will qualify for 1.5 hours CPD.




30ème Colloque annuel de l’AJFB/FBLS
Sep 15 @ 09:53 – Sep 30 @ 10:53

Information to be confirm at a later date

Visit to the Court of Justice Strasbourg (TBC)
Sep 18 @ 09:00 – 16:00
Visit to the Court of Justice Strasbourg (TBC)

More information at a later date

The London Legal Walk 2020 (TBC) @ 4-5 Gray's Inn Square Barrister Chambers
Oct 5 @ 16:30 – 19:00

The 2020 London Legal Walk will take place on Monday 5th October 2020 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.

Legal Careers Forum (TBC) @ Bloomsbury University of Law
Nov 18 @ 18:00 – 21:00


 Wednesday 18 November  2020, 6.00 – 9.00pm

University of Law, 14 Store Street, London WC1E 7DE Room SG01 ‘Ground Floor, Store Street Building’

 Followed by drinks kindly provided by the University of Law

To register email the FBLS Administrator at:


All law students, trainees and recently qualified lawyers are invited to attend the Forum,

organised in conjunction with The University of Law – Bloomsbury.

Members of the Panel will address different aspects of legal careers in the UK, Belgium and France.

All talks will be in English but questions in French are more than welcome.


Chairman: Simon Horsington
Barrister Grays Inn, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers
Former Legal Director Fidelity International, Global Attorney PIMCO, Counsel Regulator IMRO, Founder member of and Vice-Président d’Honneur of  FBLS, Chevalier de La Legion d’Honneur, de l’Ordre National du Mérite et de L’Ordre du Mérite Maritime
Lucie Bruneau- Carpentieri Assistante de la Magistrate de liaison à Londres,  Ambassade de France au Royaume Uni, précédemment  Legal Headhunter at SSQ in London and Litigator at Saidji&Moreau in Paris. Avocat au barreau de Paris.
  Gay Bailey Policy adviser at the Ministry of Justice in family law advising in particular HM Government on EU matters relating to family law.


Leonardo Carpentieri Counsel at LMS LLP in London. Avocat au Barreau de Paris and Solicitor of England & Wales specialised in international arbitration, primarily in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Previously lawyer in Paris & London for international law firms. President of the English Committee of the FBLS.


Floriane Laruelle Trainee Solicitor at Dawson Cornwell Solicitors ( who started her legal career  as a para legal)  in the Private client and Family Law Department .


Sally Osborn


Notary Public, Past President of The Notaries Society; retired English solicitor with a London practice where she set up the “French Department”.


Rosalie Johnstone

 &  Rebecca Mee



Both  completed their training contracts with Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP London; in September  this year Rosalie and Rebecca qualified into, respectively, the Banking & Finance and International Dispute Resolution teams of the London office of  Gide Loyrette Nouel




Registration at 5.45pm for a prompt start at 6pm

No charge: those attending are encouraged to become members of the Franco-British Lawyers Society (£15 annual subscription fee for students, interns and trainee solicitors) For information & registration email the FBLS Administrator at:


Trade law / sanctions @ Hogan Lovells (London)
Dec 31 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Date & Time  TBC

More information to follow

Annual Reception at the House of Lords
Jan 25 @ 18:00 – 20:00

By Invitation Only

Franco-British Maritime Colloquium (TBC)
Jun 25 @ 18:00 – Jun 26 @ 20:00

More information will be posted at a later date

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