Our international work

Now more than ever, the UK legal profession must maintain a global focus. We work on behalf of our members to reduce barriers facing UK solicitors entering and working in overseas markets, and to establish and maintains links with international counterparts.

Row of EU flags

Our international department provides practical support, training, information and advice to law firms and legal professionals working abroad, or exploring international opportunities.

We work to raise awareness of the UK legal industry’s contribution to the global marketplace and to promote the expertise of our members across all regions, sectors and practice areas.

The team has an office in London and Brussels.

What we do

We increase business opportunities for our members

We use our market intelligence, our contacts and our international reputation to run a variety of initiatives to help our members develop their international links and understanding of the international marketplace.

We protect and promote the wider international interests of our members

We directly lobby governments and bar associations on market access and practice rights. We also pursue market access for the profession through the formal global trade system, through the UK government and the European Union and at the World Trade Organisation.

We promote English and Welsh law and expertise internationally

We promote England and Wales as the law, forum and seat of choice. We believe that we have the best business law and the best legal advisers and we use a variety of channels and methods to promote both.

We participate in, and also run, a number of international promotional campaigns and represent and promote our members at international conferences and forums.

We also maintain links with 130 foreign bar associations. We work with external stakeholders including:

  • Chambers of Commerce
  • EU Institutions
  • foreign embassies
  • education and training providers
  • UK and foreign governments
  • NGOs
  • UK parliament
  • publishers/press
  • charities
  • courts and the judiciary
  • alternative dispute resolution bodies
  • trade and industry associations

Visit our International page for full information on all of our activities

See our Global Legal Centre campaign

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Our work in the EU

One of the first Law Societies to have a Brussels presence, the Law Society of England and Wales established its Brussels Office in 1990.

The Brussels Office:

  • raises awareness of EU law and of opportunities in Europe among solicitors
  • monitors developments in EU law and to ensure that they are compatible with the UK legal system
  • promotes UK law and opens new markets for solicitors
  • protects solicitors’ practice rights in the EU
  • organises general study visits to the EU institutions and tailor-made visits to meet key EU officials
  • offers trainee solicitors a unique opportunity to undertake a six-month secondment in the Brussels Office

Read more about our work in the EU

Our work in international rule of law and human rights

We believe that the legal profession in general, and solicitors specifically, have a clear role to play in championing the values and concepts of justice, fairness, equity and legitimacy.

We aim to promote the values and principles that underpin the legal profession by supporting the legal profession in upholding the rule of law, advocating access to justice and promoting and protecting human rights.

Read more about our work in international rule of law and human rights

Contact us

Law Society of England and Wales

113 Chancery Lane
London
WC2A 1PL
United Kingdom

international@lawsociety.org.uk

The Law Societies’ joint Brussels Office

Avenue des Nerviens 85
Boîte 10
Brussels 1040
Belgium

brussels@lawsociety.org.uk