Events

Mar
20
Wed
Should wills and property titles be administered on a blockchain? @ Moot Court Room - Edinburgh Law School
Mar 20 @ 17:00 – 18:30
Should wills and property titles be administered on a blockchain? @ Moot Court Room - Edinburgh Law School

The Franco-British Lawyers Society, in association with the Edinburgh School of Law, invites you to a lecture by the students of the Law School of the University of Lorraine entitled “Should wills and property titles be administered on a blockchain? The view from France.” The event will be held at the Edinburgh Law School, Old College, in the Moot Court Room, from 5 pm, starting with coffee and tea, followed by the presentation at 5.30pm.

This is a free event open to everyone.

Places are limited so please book your place via the EventBrite pagehttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/should-wills-and-property-titles-be-administered-on-a-blockchain-tickets-57346240148

Picture by Xresch

 

Mar
23
Sat
London Lawyers’ Music and Orchestre du Palais de Justice (Paris) – A joint concert @ St Giles's Church
Mar 23 @ 19:30

The London Lawyers’ Music and l’Orchestre du Palais de Justice (Paris) will do a joint concert of Schubert Symphony n.8 (‘Unfinished’) and Haydn ‘Paukenmesse’.  The concert will be directed by Pablo Urbina.

Apr
3
Wed
Social Evening with the British Italian Law Association (BILA) and the Franco-British Lawyers Society (FBLS) @ Vulliamy Bar (Law Society)
Apr 3 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Social Evening with the British Italian Law Association (BILA) and the Franco-British Lawyers Society (FBLS)

We hope you would you like to join us at Vulliamy Bar (Law Society), 113 Chancery Lane, on Wednesday evening, 3 April 2019, for a fun and social event with the Franco-British Lawyers Society and the British Italian Law Association. This event will provide an enjoyable opportunity to meet and socialise. The social evening starts at 6pm and finishes at 8pm. We will provide the first drink at no charge from 6:00pm.

Please register your interest for our joint social event by Friday, 22 March 2019.
The Venue: – Vulliamy Bar, 113 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PL, please check out the website at: http://www.113chancerylane.co.uk/restaurant/

To register your interest if you are an FBLS member please email fbls@outlook.com
To register your interest if you are a BILA member please email pat.deeley@bila.biz

>>Flyer<<

May
7
Tue
London International Disputes Week
May 7 @ 08:00 – May 10 @ 17:00

London International Disputes Week brings together legal practitioners from around the world to celebrate the heritage of London as a disputes centre and to consider the future of global dispute resolution. London holds a unique appeal as a centre for handling disputes, whether through the courts or by arbitration, mediation, expert determination or negotiation, built upon a rich heritage in English law dating back to the Magna Carta. The event will draw on the experience of clients and colleagues from around the world and facilitate discussions on the future of dispute resolution in London, where and how disputes will arise, how London should adapt to the changing landscape and the future of dispute resolution globally

https://lidw.co.uk/

May
15
Wed
GDPR: sword or shield? Facing up to the new frontier of Data Protection and Information Law challenges @ Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP
May 15 @ 18:00 – 21:00

GDPR: sword or shield? Facing up to the new frontier of Data Protection and Information Law challenges

Wednesday 15 May 2019 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm followed by a drinks reception
Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP
87-91 Newman Street
London, W1T 3EY

To celebrate the impending first birthday of everyone’s favourite European Data Protection law, our panel of experts would like to welcome you to an evening of lively discussion and drinks when they will be sharing their tales from the GDPR’s turbulent first year of life, debating whether it has had the game-changing impact that its parents intended, and peering into the future to predict the future for information law in France and England, and the wider European Economic Area.

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

The Society thanks Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP for their support and sponsorship of this event.

Programme:

Moderator: Maninder Gill, Partner, Simons Muirhead and Burton LLP
Session 1: Raoul Lumb, Senior Associate, Simons Muirhead and Burton LLP
Session 2: Greg Callus, Barrister, 5 Raymond Buildings
Session 3: Jeff Smele, Partner, Simons Muirhead and Burton LLP
Guest speaker: Christian Curtil, Avocat à la Cour, Curtil Law, Paris
Session 4: Round-table discussion, questions and answers

Please note that registration begins at 5.30pm for a prompt start at 6.00 pm

The event is free of charge and attendance at this event may qualify for 2 hours CPD and is accredited by the Ecole de Formation du Barreau.

Flyer

May
23
Thu
“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 lois@mcdermottqc.com

Find more information in the following flyer: EC Event 23.05.19

Jun
11
Tue
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

TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2019 – 6PM – HILTON EDINBURGH CARLTON
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:  CIARBS@shepwedd.com

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

Jul
8
Mon
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.

Programme

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

Jul
23
Tue
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”.

Oct
3
Thu
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

Oct
4
Fri
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.

Oct
11
Fri
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 : emmanuelle.bouvier@legiscompare.com

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).

>>>PROGRAMME<<<

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

Salon Des Associations

Free entry

click on link for more info

Oct
17
Thu
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:

click on the link

Oct
25
Fri
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: https://regulating-digital-platforms.eventbrite.co.uk

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

 

Nov
15
Fri
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 http://go.qub.ac.uk/hygbc

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.

Dec
2
Mon
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.

Dec
19
Thu
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

 

 

 

 

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

By Invitation Only

Feb
6
Thu
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

Mar
26
Thu
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 fbls@outlook.com.  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 fbls@outlook.com 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 (https://fbls.eu/).

 

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

More information coming soon!

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 @ 4-5 Gray's Inn Square Barrister Chambers
Oct 5 @ 16:30 – 19:00

Please see this two minute message from the Lord Chief Justice.

https://youtu.be/vsXyB0qcykc

He hopes it will inspire you  to join in the London Legal Walk-10xChallenge on October 5th  and support the FBLS

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

Oct
21
Wed
Zoom Webinar Public policy problems presented by the UK’s departure from the EU
Oct 21 @ 10:30 – 12:00

The success of the webinars which we organised during the summer on the fraught topic of Brexit has encouraged us to pursue the theme of finding eminent and expert speakers to discuss calmly and soberly the public policy questions presented by Brexit and the dangers of an unprepared severance of the UK from its 27 EU partners.  The first two events attracted a large attendance and several of you have expressed how much you learned and how much you appreciated the magisterial summation by my predecessor as a judge at the Tribunal de l’Union, Sir David Edward QC LLD.

Our next webinar on the public policy problems presented by the UK’s departure from the EU will take place on the morning of Wednesday October 21 and will deal with competition and state aids.  The speakers will include the eminent former practitioner and current competition judge, Peter Freeman QC CBE, and Thomas Tindemans, an expert analyst of European politics, our own Carol Xueref, a judge for fourteen years at the French Competition Authority , and Ms Anneli Howard, a specialised barrister at  Monckton Chambers, who will describe some of the problems for practitioners. Sir David is once more ready to sum matters up at the end.   I will be the chairman.

So, mark your calendars for 10 30 London / 11 30 Paris on Wednesday October 21. Zoom invitations will be sent to those who express interest.  As we have a technical limit on the number of participants, please reserve early.  Attendance is free.  The proceedings will be recorded and posted to our website. I look forward to another stimulating discussion of public policy and Bexit.

Ian Forrester QC, LLD, President FBLS.

Speakers:

Ian Forrester
Sir David Edward QC LLD
Thomas Tindemans
Anneli Howard
Carol Xueref
Peter Freeman

To register, please email: fbls@outlook.com 

Nov
5
Thu
TAKING JUSTICE ONLINE: THE NEW FACE OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Nov 5 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Taking Justice Online:

The New Face Of Dispute Resolution

 Thursday 5 November at 11a.m. UK time / 12 p.m. CET for 90 minutes

Online via Zoom, access granted upon registration

The Franco-British Lawyers Society and LMS Legal LLP are delighted to invite you to a webinar on the increasing use of technology in hearings, whether as part of litigation, mediation, arbitration or other alternative methods to resolve disputes.

We are very privileged to have

Lord Lloyd-Jones

Lord Lloyd-Jones, Justice of the Supreme Court. Lord Lloyd-Jones is a British judge and legal scholar. He is currently a Justice of the Supreme   Court of the United Kingdom and served earlier as a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and as a chairman of the Law Commission.  In 2005, he was appointed as a High Court judge, and was assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division. He served as presiding judge on the Wales and Chester Circuit and chairman of the Lord Chancellor‘s Standing Committee on the Welsh Language from 2008 to 2011. On 1 October 2012, Lloyd Jones was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal, and was appointed to the Privy Council on 7 November 2012.

We also have the pleasure of introducing our panel composed of the following guests, each focusing on one area of dispute resolution:

Anneliese Day QC

Anneliese Day QC, Barrister at Fountain Court Chambers. Anneliese is frequently instructed in high-value and complex cases, both as counsel and arbitrator. She has extensive experience in commercial, energy and infrastructure, conflicts of law, investment treaty, insurance, professional liability and shareholder disputes in both a national and international context.

Jason Galbraith-Marten QC

Jason Galbraith-Marten QC, Director of Assurety. Assurety is the only top-ranked provider of witness familiarization in Chambers and Partners 2020. Highly experienced in cross-examining witnesses and arguing cases in the highest courts. They established the business after realising from their time in court that not enough was being done to prepare witnesses effectively for the real experience of being cross-examined in litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as in other alternative dispute resolution scenarios.

Mia Forbes Pirie

Mia Forbes Pirie, Mia is an international mediator and winner of the UK Independent Mediator of the Year 2021 Corporate INTL award. She has a background in law and science. In addition to her corporate clients and former career as a solicitor in a top City of London law firm, Mia has worked with governments, religious organisations and Members of Parliament. She has advised the US Department of Energy on using facilitated negotiation to develop controversial legislation.

Leonardo Carpentieri

Leonardo Carpentieri, Counsel in the London office of LMS Legal LLP. Leonardo assists both commercial clients and sovereigns in investment treaty as well as commercial arbitration proceedings before major arbitral institutions such as the ICC and ICSID. Leonardo’s practice focuses mainly on construction, energy, and infrastructure projects located in the Middle East and the African continent.

Click on the link below to see the flyer

FBLS webinar – Taking Justice Online 5 November 2020

If you wish to register for this event and access the webinar, contact fbls@outlook.com

Nov
18
Wed
FBLS Public Policy Webinar 4 – UK and Irish Perspectives on Brexit
Nov 18 @ 10:30 – 12:30

UK and Irish perspectives on Brexit.

November 18th at 10:30 UK/11:30 CET.

(Duration approx.120 minutes)

This will be the Society’s fourth webinar on practical questions and problems presented by Brexit. This event will consider the challenges presented in the context of the United Kingdom and Ireland. We shall be delighted to welcome Judges and senior academics to discuss their perspectives on the practical questions and challenges ahead for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

We will once again have the pleasure of having Ian Forrester QC as Chairman and Sir David Edward giving his summation at the end.

Ian Forrester QC LLD President of the FBLS. Formerly Judge of the General Court of the European Union from 2015 to 2020.
Sir David Edward QC LLD Formerly Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

The other speakers for this webinar will be:

Professor Katy Hayward Professor of Political Sociology in Queen’s University Belfast. She holds a Senior Fellowship in the UK in a Changing Europe think-tank where she leads a major project on ‘The future and status of Northern Ireland after Brexit.’
The Rt. Hon Lord Justice Bernard McCloskey Judge of the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland and Former President of the United Kingdom Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum).
Professor Brice Dickson Emeritus Professor of International and Comparative Law at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests are mainly in judicial activism, human rights law, policing law and employment law. His latest book is The Irish Supreme Court (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Colm Mac Eochaidh, Judge of the General Court, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg and formerly Judge of the High Court of Ireland.

The Bar Council in Northern Ireland has accredited this event with 2 CPD points.

 The webinar is open to all. Registration is free and the event will be recorded.  

 To register, please email fbls@outlook.com and details on how to join will be sent prior to the event.

 The society welcomes new members. To join the FBLS, click on the following link.

Nov
25
Wed
BREXIT : where are we now ?
Nov 25 @ 10:30 – 12:30

BREXIT : where are we now ?

 

Wednesday 25th of November at 10:30 UK/ 11:30 CET.
(Duration approx.110 minutes)
This will be the fifth webinar to review the questions and problems presented by Brexit. In
this one we shall have the privilege of two distinguished political figures as well as an
academic who will describe as best is possible the current prospects; and we shall get an
update on the various litigations touching the plight of EU and UK citizens living and
working outside the country of their birth. These questions affect four million people directly.
As before, we welcome the support of Glasgow University and in particular Sir Anton
Muscatelli and the Law School.
We will once again have Ian Forrester QC as chairman and Sir David Edward will give his
summation at the end.

Ian Forrester QC LLD  President of the FBLS. Formerly Judge of the General Court of the European Union from 2015 to 2020.
Sir David Edward QC LLD Formerly Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

The other speakers for this webinar will be:

Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve QC Former attorney general and Chair of the Intelligence & Security Committee.
Michael Russell, Constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Argyll and Bute as well as Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs.
Professor Christopher Grey Emeritus Professor of Organization Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London and a former Professor at the Universities of Warwick and Cambridge. Since 2016 he has written a widely praised weekly blog analysing Brexit developments and has commented extensively on Brexit in UK and overseas media.
Jeremy Morgan QCVice-Chair of British in Europe aswell as joint founder of British in Italy
Representative of “British in Europe”
The webinar is open to all. Registration is free and the event will be recorded.  
To register, please email fbls@outlook.com and details on how to join will be sent prior to the event.
The society welcomes new members. To join the FBLS, click on the following link.

 

FBLS and University of Law Careers ONLINE SEMINAR
Nov 25 @ 18:00 – 20:00

ANNUAL FRANCO-BRITISH LEGAL CAREERS FORUM

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 6.00 – 8.00pm ONLINE PANEL

 

All law students, trainees and recently qualified lawyers are invited to attend the ONLINE Forum organised in conjunction with The University of Law. 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 welcome .

Mia Forbes Pirie

Moderator: Mia Forbes Pirie International Mediator, facilitator & coach, ha shad careers in law and science and a former career as a solicitor in a top City of London firm. Recognised by “We Are the City” as an Inspirational Woman.

PANEL :

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 l’Ordre National du Mérite et de L’Ordre du Mérite Maritime

Estelle CROS

Magistrate de liaison à Londres, Ambassade de France au Royaume Uni.

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. Previously lawyer in Paris & London for international law firms. President of the English Committee of the FBLS.

Floriane Laruelle

Floriane Laruelle Junior Solicitor at Dawson Cornwell Solicitors ( who started her legal career as a paralegal) 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”.

Tatiana Desjobert

Solicitor and Senior Legal Counsel EMEA for  Newell Brands, former Legal Counsel at Atlas Copco, former Avocat au barreau de Paris with extensive in-house experience in London in various industry sectors; and in private practice in Paris, New Orleans, Moscow and London for international law firms

Caroline Nguyen Huu

Caroline is a Junior Associate in the Banking & Finance Department of Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP, awaiting to be sworn in before the Paris Court of Appeal. She graduated with an LLB in English and French law, a double degree jointly organised by the University of Essex and the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense, before studying Banking and Financial law at King’s College London (as part of their LLM Programme) and Assas University.

Sandrine Delarue

Qualified avocat at the Paris Bar and a solicitor. She was educated in France and in the United Kingdom (London School of Economics). Sandrine is currently working as an assistant director at the CMA. Prior to joining the CMA, Sandrine worked in private practices both in Paris and in London.

Dawn Farrow

Current Careers Consultant and Employer Liaison at The University of Law.

 

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.

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 email the FBLS Administrator at: fbls@outlook.com

 

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