Russian Law Week, London, 5-7 November 2012: event summary

The second Russian Law Week, of which the Bar Council was a main co-organiser, successfully took place in London from 5 – 7 November. The well-attended opening reception on 6 November was addressed by the Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling, Lord Chancellor and Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in London.


The event was opened the next morning by Michael Todd QC, Chairman of the Bar Council, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Law Society President and Alderman David Wootton, Lord Mayor of the City of London.

The event was sold out, with 120 delegates attending, and it provided an excellent opportunity for discussion with senior Russian practitioners, judges, government officials and academics of the latest trends and changes in the Russian legal system and practice. The topics covered included: proposals for change to the Russian Civil Code, investment climates in Russia, corporate governance and shareholder rights under Russian Law, Russian Court practices, Russia’s membership to the WTO and its legal consequences, and arbitrating commercial disputes in Russia.

The event was part of the Bar Council’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the links between practitioners in both jurisdictions given the increasing amount of legal business transacted between Russia and England and Wales. Russian Law Week in London alternates year on year with its twin event English Law Week, in Moscow, which will take place this year (timing tbc) and will be advertised on these pages and on the Bar Council website.

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