Visit by the China Law Society

Between 03-07 July 2016, a high-level delegation from the China Law Society visited the UK to take part in several meetings with important British legal institutions in both London and Edinburgh. The delegation was led by China Law Society Vice-Chairman, Mr ZHANG Mingqi, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the NPC Law Committee.

Zhang Mingqi CLS Visit 2016

The highlight of the visit was a business-focused seminar on Legal Certainty for Business in the UK and China, which was chaired by GBCC Chairman Sir Martin Davidson and at which Sir William Blair, Judge in charge of the Commercial Court, gave a keynote speech. The seminar was organised by GBCC with the assistance of the China-Britain Business Council, the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council.

The visit included meetings with the Law Society of England and Wales, the Bar Council and the Law Society of Scotland, as well as a second business roundtable in Edinburgh. The delegation met with GBCC President Lord Mandelson and former Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips at the House of Lords, and Lord Pentland of the Scottish judiciary. Former Lord Mayor of London and GBCC Vice-President, Sir David Brewer briefed the delegation on the importance of the rule of law as the foundation of London as the leading global financial centre. We also arranged opportunities for dialogue with two leading UK commercial judges and with Lord Hodge, a justice of the UK Supreme Court with China responsibilities.

The visit laid the groundwork for a high-profile UK-China legal conference to be held in Beijing on 24 November 2016, on the theme of “UK-China Rule of Law Cooperation on the Belt and Road” with the China Law Society.

Date posted: 09 September 2016

Categories: Judicial Dialogues


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