President signs memorandum of understanding with Korean Bar Association

On Thursday 26 September, president Simon Davis renewed our memorandum of understanding with the Korean Bar Association (KBA).

President Simon Davis with the Korean Bar Association

The timing of this renewal is particularly relevant to the Law Society of England and Wales.

The UK signed a continuity trade agreement with Korea on 22 August that enshrined the rights of firms in South Korea to continue to benefit from existing trade arrangements, and provided a firm basis for an ambitious future trading relationship.

The ability to continue to practice post-Brexit was great issue of concern for us and our members practising in South Korea. We appreciate the support of the KBA in lobbying for this positive outcome.

We have a strong and close history with the KBA. We hope that this agreement may provide new avenues for us to work together in strengthening the relationship between our legal services sectors.

We look forward to continuing these discussions under our memorandum of understanding.

Following the signing, Law Society president Simon Davis co-chaired a joint seminar on ethics and the profession with Beomsu Kim, chair of the KBA International Committee.

President Chan Hee Lee opened the discussion, which covered ethics in international arbitration, challenges from globalisation and membership and disciplinary policies in South Korea and England and Wales.

Together with our president, panellists were:

  • Philip Do Youn Kim, senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Sung-Hwan Choi, partner at Hill Dickinson LLP
  • Ha-Ram Chun, vice president (legislation) of the KBA

Simon Davis discussed the disciplinary and membership policy in England and Wales, Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) and incoming Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

The International Department regularly works with our colleagues at the Korean Bar Association. If you're interested in our work in South Korea, email asia@lawsociety.org.uk.