England and Wales: Global legal centre

We’re promoting the benefits of England and Wales as a global centre for legal services.

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England and Wales is a global legal centre as:

  • English and Welsh law is flexible, predictable and stable
  • we have a strong and reliable judicial system
  • we have a world-class legal profession
  • England and Wales is the jurisdiction of choice for many international deals
Read our guide on doing legal business in England and Wales

Why choose England and Wales?

In December 2019, we launched a report, England and Wales: A World Jurisdiction of Choice, that outlines the strengths of the law, jurisdiction, and legal professionals of England and Wales, as well as London’s advantages as a seat of arbitration.

It features:

  • information and case studies on commercial litigation conducted in England and Wales by international businesses
  • testimonials from lawyers qualified in other jurisdictions
  • explanation of how England and Wales’ status as a global legal centre will not be affected by Brexit

This report sets out the benefits of English law, the jurisdiction, and legal services provided by our members.

We share this report with international businesses interested in using English law and we encourage solicitors to share it with their clients.

Download the report

Get involved

Beyond the England and Wales: A World Jurisdiction of Choice report, we’ve developed a range of materials to help you highlight the benefits of English and Welsh law to your clients.

You can:

Qualifying in England and Wales

From September 2021, wherever you come from, whatever your background, qualification or previous experience, the route to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales is open to you.

Watch our webinar to learn more about the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) (1 hour 30 minutes):

Read our guides for overseas lawyers and law students for more information.


Guide on doing legal business in England and Wales

English Law, UK Courts and UK Legal Services after Brexit (PDF 320 KB) – courts and tribunals judiciary guidance on the position of UK courts and legal services post-Brexit

Our work in the media 

In 2021, following the UK’s exit from the EU and the end of the transition period at the close of 2020, we thought it valuable to take stock of how English law will be used in different jurisdictions in future. 

We have created a series with the Gazette, ‘Postcards from abroad’, where our members examine their day-to-day lives working and living in different jurisdictions and how English law is used in their practice.

Matthew Murphy, Beijing and Hong Kong
Charlotte Gerrish, Paris
Nick Fletcher, Poland
Nick Wall, Japan
Sinyee Ong, Singapore
Daniel H Erskine, US
Alexandra Tribe and Sonny Patel, Dubai and Singapore
Anna Weiss, US
Tony Grundy, Singapore
Yezim Bezen, Turkey
James Kitching, British Virgin Islands
Ton van den Bosch, Singapore
Tom Reynolds, Malaysia
Keith Mukami, South Africa

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