Events

Jul
3
Fri
Webinar “THE END OF UNCERTAINTY”: PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AFTER BREXIT: WHAT LIES IN STORE FOR THE UK? HOW WILL COOPERATION WORK?
Jul 3 @ 10:30 – 12:00

“THE END OF UNCERTAINTY”:  PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AFTER BREXIT: WHAT LIES IN STORE FOR THE UK? HOW WILL COOPERATION WORK?

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,

and

–           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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-approach-to-the-future-relationship-with-the-eu.

 

Universities UK have published a briefing paper on what they consider to be the relevant issues. This can be found at https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/brexit/Documents/2019-brexit-settlement.pdf.

 

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: fbls@outlook.com and details of how to join will be sent prior to the event.

The webinar will qualify for 1.5 hours CPD.

 

 

 

Jul
30
Thu
2ND PUBLIC POLICY WEBINAR “The end of uncertainty?”: practical questions after BREXIT: Persons, devolved government and courts
Jul 30 @ 10:30 – 12:00

2ND PUBLIC POLICY WEBINAR
“The end of uncertainty?”:
practical questions after BREXIT:
Persons, devolved government and courts

Thursday 30th July at 10.30 UK time / 11.30 EU
Online via Zoom upon registration

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 Franco-British Lawyers’ Society and the School of Law at Glasgow University jointly presented a webinar on Thursday July 3 July 2020 during which distinguished experts reviewed progress and identified concerns in a number of key areas, including criminal justice, research, universities, and cross border exchanges. It was clear from the large number of participants that there is a strong desire for thoughtful analysis.
So, the decision was taken to hold such events regularly as the year proceeds, and as long as there is a need for clarification.

This second webinar will focus on persons and the problems of regulation inherent in the devolved governmental structure of the UK, as well as dialogue between judges. Future webinars will touch on state aid, competition, trade and other topics. The format will encourage questions and free exchange of ideas about critical uncertainties which ought to be resolved this year.

The speakers will be:

– Prof. Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union and Labour Law at Trinity College, Cambridge a leading academic and policy commentator

– Fiona Godfrey, Chair of British in Europe, the largest body advocating for personal rights post Brexit.

– Prof. Sylvaine Poillot-Peruzzetto, Conseillère at the Cour de cassation, Professor of private law at the University of Toulouse who has particular knowledge of how problems cross borders and the role of dialogue in addressing them

– Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government with ministerial responsibility for Scotland’s status post Brexit

Chaired by Ian Forrester LL.D QC, former judge of the General Court, Court of Justice of the European Union, President of the Franco-British Lawyers’ Society

Concluding remarks by:

Rt Hon Sir David Edward KCMG QC FRSE, former judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities

The webinar is anticipated to last for approximately 90 minutes. Each contributor will speak for approximately 15 minutes and there will be time for discussion and questions.

The webinar will qualify for 90 minutes CPD.

To reserve a place, please email the Administrator at fbls@outlook.com

Oct
5
Mon
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.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FBLS

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

ANNUAL FRANCO-BRITISH LEGAL CAREERS FORUM

 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: fbls@outlook.com

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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
Panel:
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: fbls@outlook.com

 

Dec
15
Tue
30ème Colloque annuel de l’AJFB/FBLS (TBC)
Dec 15 @ 09:53 – 10:53

Information to be confirm at a later date

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

Date & Time  TBC

More information to follow

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

By Invitation Only

Mar
1
Mon
Visit to the European Court of Human Rights – Strasbourg (TBC)
Mar 1 @ 09:00 – 16:00
Visit to the European Court of Human Rights - Strasbourg (TBC)

Date to be confirmed

More information at a later date

Jun
25
Fri
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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