From Russia with law: UK welcomes Russian legal counterparts to London for fifth knowledge sharing conference between two nations

1 December 2014

UK legal academics and lawyers will welcome their Russian counterparts to London this week as part of Russian Law Week, an event established to promote legal and business links between the two countries.

It will be the fifth time delegates from the UK and Russia have come together since the arrangement commenced with Russian Law Week in 2010. Russian Law Week alternates year on year with its twin event, English Law Week in Moscow.

Russian Law Week 2014, running between 1-3 December, is a partnership between the Bar Council, Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Chamber of Advocates, the St. Petersburg Chamber of Advocates, the British Russian Law Association, and the Anglo-Russian Law Association.

Chairman of the Bar Council, Nicholas Lavender QC said:

"Russian Law Week is a fantastic opportunity for UK legal practitioners to meet their Russian counterparts to discuss current trends in legal services in Russia and England and Wales.

"English Law Week 2013 attracted over 150 English and Russian lawyers working in British and Russian firms or barristers' chambers, or in-house. It showed how practitioners from both jurisdictions could work together to develop an annual programme that is both practical and useful for the sector."

The conference includes high profile panel discussions chaired by well-known legal experts including judges, academics and lawyers, focusing on topics that include the Investment climate in Russia, De-offshorisation, Changes to the Russian Civil Code, Arbitration in Russia, and more.

Chairman of the Bar Council, Nicholas Lavender QC will host an opening reception at the Inner Temple's Parliament Chamber on Monday evening, ahead of two full days of intensive sessions located in the Common Room at The Law Society on Chancery Lane.



Notes to Editors

  1. Further information is available from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 and

  2. To view the full programme for Russian Law Week, visit

  3. The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:

  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services

  • Fair access to justice for all

  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and

  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board