Junior lawyers

Virtual International Weekend 2020, 26 September

International Weekend 2020 is fully booked.

Complete the registration form to join the waiting list should places become available.

Make sure you save the date for this year’s International Weekend, which will be held on Saturday 26 September 2020.

Due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the annual International Weekend will not be going ahead as a face-to-face event.

However, we did not want to miss the opportunity to mark International Weekend and are delighted to be able to host a virtual event on 26 September instead. The International Weekend 2020 virtual event is now fully booked. Please email the Junior Lawyers Division if you want to be added to the waiting list.

What is International Weekend?

International Weekend is an annual event organised by the:

International Weekend ordinarily provides delegates with a mix of technical and legal presentations, skills-based seminars, an overview of the legal system in England and Wales and an introduction to the City of London.

It’s an opportunity to meet fellow junior lawyers from across Europe and even further afield, discover the best that London has to offer, enjoy a stimulating educational programme and benefit from crucial networking.

This year we’re unable to offer the full International Weekend experience but we’re still keen to provide a forum where junior lawyers from international jurisdictions can meet and learn together.

This is particularly important in the current climate where junior lawyers from around the globe have all been impacted by the pandemic giving the opportunity to learn from a shared experience.

Who should attend?

International Weekend is aimed at junior lawyers from overseas jurisdictions, including those who are on secondment in the UK.

It's an opportunity for junior lawyers in the UK to meet and network with their international counterparts as well as learn about topics that have an international reach. 

Outline programme (subject to change)

Timings in British Standard Time (BST):

  • 10.30am to 10.45am – welcome addresses
  • 10.50am to 11.05am – keynote address
  • 11.10am to 11.45am – the future of the legal profession in different jurisdictions in light of COVID-19
  • 11.50am to 12.35pm – lunch break and private chat networking
  • 12.40pm to 1.30pm – quiz
  • 1.35pm to 2.05pm – focus and wellbeing in a digital age
  • 2.10pm to 2.40pm – how to successfully win new business and/or make a pitch in a virtual world
  • 2.45pm to 3.00pm – closing remarks
  • 3.00pm to 3.15pm - interval
  • 3.15pm to 4.15pm – European Young Bar Association (EYBA) General Meeting
  • 5.00pm to 6.00pm – post-event e-soiree (see details below)

Download the full programme (PDF 148 KB)

There will be a number of great speakers at this event – download the speaker profiles (PDF 302 KB) to get a first look.


The event is free but places are limited.

International Weekend post-event e-soiree

Following the close of the formal International Weekend programme, you're invited to attend a networking e-soiree via Zoom.

This will be an opportunity to network with your international peers.

Date: Saturday 26 September

Start time: 5pm (BST) / 6pm (CET) 

End time: 6pm (BST) / 7pm (CET)

Cost: Free

How to sign up

The sign-up to attend the networking e-soiree is separate from the main International Weekend event.

To register, you'll need to select the 'add to cart' button then 'view cart' followed by 'proceed to checkout', where you'll be prompted to enter your details.

Once you've registered, you'll be added to the delegate list.

You'll be sent the Zoom details and the meeting joining link on Friday 25 September. Look out for an email from the London Young Lawyers Group (LYLG).

In order to join the event via Zoom, you must use the same email address that you used to register. This is to make sure that you're allocated to your pre-arranged breakout networking room.

Register for the e-soiree

To register, follow the sign-up link.

If you have any further questions about the e-soiree, email the London Young Lawyers Group.

This event is hosted by the:

  • London Young Lawyers Group
  • European Young Bar Association
  • Junior Lawyers Division
  • Middle Temple Young Barristers Association