27th - 30th SEPTEMBER 2018


    International Weekend is an annual event organised by the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England and Wales, the Young Barristers Committee of the Bar Council, the European Young Bar Association and the London Young Lawyers Group.


    We provide delegates with a mix of technical seminars, skills-based seminars, an overview of the legal system in England and Wales and an introduction to the City of London.


    Day Events: Day events and seminars are aimed at international and UK junior lawyers.


    Evening Events: Evening events are aimed at both UK lawyers and international lawyers. The conference will culminate with a Gala dinner on the Saturday night.


  • Programme

    Thursday 27 September 2018

    19:00 - late: welcome reception hosted by the London Young Lawyers Group (The Happenstance, 10 Paternoster Square, London, EC4M 7DX)


    Friday 28 September 2018

    09:00 - 09:30: Registration and refreshments, the Law Society (113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL)


    09:30 - 10:00: Welcome addresses:

    - Robert Bourns, chair of the Law Society Board and former president of the Law Society

    - Amanda Pinto QC, vice chair elect of the Bar Council and chair of the Bar Council International Committee

    - Amy Clowrey, vice chair, Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society

    - Richard Hoyle, Chair, Young Barristers Committee

    - Guillaume Tatoueix, president, European Young Bar Association


    10:00 - 10:45: Sexual harassment in the workplace - Tania Tandon, partner, Tandon Hildebrand


    10:45 - 11:00: Coffee break


    11:00 - 11:45: Developing an international presence - Stephen Denyer, director of strategic relationships, the Law Society


    11:45 - 12:30: Wellbeing and work life balance - Nick Bloy, wellbeing consultant and life coach, Wellbeing Republic


    12:30 - 13:50: Lunch: Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y9AT


    13:50 - 14:00: Walk back to the Law Society


    14:00 - 14:45: Fake News: authentic views:

    Victoria Anderson, solicitor, Carter-Ruck Solicitors

    James Ball, special correspondent at BuzzFeed UK


    14:45 - 15:00: Walk to Royal Courts of Justice


    15:00 - 17:30: Tour of the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL


    17:30 - 18:00: Free time


    18:00 - 20:00: *OPTIONAL* 'Legal and Illegal London Walk' - starting at the Law Society and finishing at The Yorkshire Grey for the quiz. Limited places so please email Teresa@southcoastparties.co.uk to reserve a place.


    20:00 - 22:00: Evening drinks and quiz: The Yorkshire Grey, 2 Theobalds Road, London W


    Saturday 29 September 2018


    10:00 - 10:30: Registration, the Law Society (113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL)


    10:30 - 11:30: EYBA General Meeting


    11:30 - 11:45: Coffee Break


    11:45 - 12:30: Virtual law firms and legal tech - Richard Tromans, Tromans Consulting


    12:30 - 13:15: E-privacy - Data Protection and GDPR - Jacqueline Ried, barrister, 11 South Square Chambers


    13:15 - 14:00: Lunch, the Law Society


    14:00 - 14:45: Let confidence be your business care - Simon Haigh, director, GCM Advisory


    14:45 - 15:30: Dress to impress - Cliff Burgess, partnership manager, TM Lewin


    15:45 - 16:45: International Oratory Competition


    16:45 - 17:00: Closing remarks


    17:00 - 19:00: Free time


    19:00 - 01:00: Gala dinner (black tie/international dress), the Law Society (113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL)


    01:00 - 03:00 after-party at Kanaloa with limited free entry for IW guests (18 Wine Office Court, Hill House, Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 3BQ) (short walk from The Law Society))


    Sunday 30 September 2018


    If you are staying longer in London you may want to meet up with some of your fellow IW delegates and have Sunday lunch together. The following are some suggestions you may wish to try:


    For traditional fish and chips:

    Rock and Sole Plaice, 45-49 Endell St, London WC2H 9AJ

    Nearest tube: Covent Garden


    Traditional British menu:

    The Holborn Dining Rooms, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

    Nearest tube: Holborn


    If chicken takes your fancy:

    Chicken Shop Holborn 199-206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD

    Nearest tube: Holborn



    (programme subject to change)

  • Profiles

    Those speaking this year

    Stephen Denyer

    Stephen Denyer is Director of Strategic Relationships at The Law Society of England & Wales. He is responsible for all the Society’s strategic relationships with leading stakeholders in private practice, in ‘new law’ enterprises and working in-house as well as with local law societies, governments, universities and law schools in the UK and internationally; and for promoting London as a global legal hub


    Prior to joining the Law Society in 2014 , Stephen spent more than 36 years with Allen & Overy and was responsible for establishing, expanding or managing 11 of the firm's international offices. Throughout his career Stephen has been at the forefront of the globalisation of legal services. He is also an author, commentator and strategic advisor as well as a respected manager and leader.


    Stephen is a member of the Management Board and Chair of the Section on Public and Professional Interest of the International Bar Association.

    Amy Clowrey

    Alongside being vice chair of the Junior Lawyers Division, Amy is currently the education and charity officer for the Leeds Junior Lawyers Division and a committee member of the Huddersfield Law Society, Twinning with Uganda Group. She recently travelled to Uganda to provide training to Ugandan lawyers in conjunction with the Uganda Law Society.


    Amy qualified as a solicitor with a high street firm in December 2014, after completing seats in personal injury, wills and probate and child care during her training contract. She initially began her working life as an intern in 2010 and subsequently became a paralegal with the same firm after graduating from the University of Huddersfield in 2012, having completed the integrated LLB Hons (Law) and Master of Law and Practice course (LPC equivalent). Amy thereafter completed her Masters, also completed at the University of Huddersfield, entitled, 'The Voice of the Child in Family Proceedings - are we there yet?.'


    Amy now works as a child abuse solicitor for Switalskis Solicitors representing victims of historical child abuse and exploitation.

    Simon Haigh

    Simon is a lawyer, professional coach, entrepreneur and managing director of related global advisory businesses expertdealcloser.com and gcmadvisory.com. Simon combines successful commercial leadership with strong ethical stakeholder relationships, driven by his professional experience and personal life experiences - positive, challenging and life-changing.


    Simon has 25 years of international C-Suite experience in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is author of a number of publications, including: Contract Law in an E-Commerce Age (Round- Hall Sweet & Maxwell, 2001); Deal-making for Corporate Growth—the 7-Ps of Successful Business Deal Execution (Oak Tree Press, 2016); Executive Insight- Generation Entrepreni - Emergence of New Business and Deal-making Paradigms- NYC Business Expert Press; and the upcoming How to Be a Better Deal-Closer (with foreword by Marshall Goldsmith; NYC Business Expert Press, 2018).

    Richard Hoyle

    Richard is the Chair of the Young Barristers' Committee (YBC), which represents barristers in their first seven years in practice. The YBC has an active involvement across the range of work that the Bar Council undertakes, aiming to bring the perspective of young barristers into relevant policy discussions and to offer events and opportunities to those it represents.

    Alongside that role, Richard is in full time practice at Essex Court Chambers, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly involving parties and issues with a cross-border element. He was ranked by Legal 500 (2017) in the 'Commercial litigation - top ten under eight years' call' category.

    Nick Bloy

    Nick Bloy is a qualified lawyer (non-practising), HR Business Partner and ultra-endurance athlete with a Masters in Chemistry, turned international speaker, coach and the founder of Wellbeing Republic.


    He has more than 20 years of coaching experience, spanning both the sport and corporate arenas. He has helped individuals achieve and exceed their goals, such as transforming their mindsets to help them make significant positive changes to their work and personal life. He works with some of the UKs biggest law firms and multinational companies.

    Amanda Pinto

    Amanda Pinto QC is Vice-Chair Elect of the Bar and Chair of the International Committee. An expert in international financial wrongdoing and cases raising intricate cross-border questions, Amanda specialises in fraud, money laundering and corruption cases with an international dimension, instructed in many high-profile trials in the field domestically and overseas.

    Tania Tandon

    With family hailing from Delhi, India, Tania was born in Stockholm and educated in Sweden, in the Middle East and the UK. Her international background and subsequent 20+ years working with International Employment Law and HR in the UK gives her a deep understanding of the workplace and the challenges in managing multinational work forces in single locations and across borders.

    Jacqueline Reid

    In a former life, as a research neurochemist, Jacqueline could be found decapitating rats, but now practices in all areas of IP and IT law. In recent years she has become sought after for her expertise in the areas of Trade Marks, Data Protection, and Confidential Information and often advises high profile clients in these areas.

    She has an equally impressive reputation for her work in the areas of design right and copyright cases.


    Jacqueline is the Chair of the Bar Council IT Panel and plays an active role in deciding on key issues affecting the profession and the wider community in relation to the implementation of IT developments and how this will affect the Bar and the Bar Council. In that capacity most recently she has been leading the Bar Council efforts to ensure GDPR compliance and was closely involved in lobbying government on the contents of the Data Protection Act 2018.

    Cliff Burgess

    In a varied career Cliff has been involved in all aspects of retail, from Visual Merchandising to managing shops at Buckingham Palace.


    Joining T.M.Lewin in 2001, he has worked to develop strong corporate partnerships with major organisations such as the Law Society, ICAEW and RICS.


    Over the past 8 years Cliff has been involved in Partnerships with major sports teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and the Welsh Rugby Union. Next year will see T.M.Lewin once again dressing the England Cricket Team for the Cricket World Cup and the subsequent Ashes Series against Australia.

    Victoria Anderson

    Victoria is a solicitor in Carter-Ruck’s media and commercial litigation teams. During her time at Carter-Ruck, Victoria has assisted in the Claimants’ legal teams in Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman v ARY Network Ltd (a libel and harassment trial which led to the first ever publication order under s.12 of the Defamation Act 2013 and a damages award of £185,000) and PJS v News Group Newspapers (the first case in which the Supreme Court has given judgment on an interim application restraining a breach of privacy).


    Alongside that role, Victoria is the CEO of social mobility charity Big Voice London, which seeks to engage young people from non-traditional backgrounds in law and legal policy. Big Voice London runs projects for young people each year, including: a Mooting Competition in association with the UK Supreme Court and the country’s only Model Law Commission.

    Robert Bourns

    Robert Bourns is senior partner at TLT and became Chair of the Law Society Board in February 2018. He began his training in 1978 at Osborne Clarke and qualified in 1980. Robert has significant experience managing and developing a growing business across the UK, having been managing partner for six years and more recently senior partner at TLT.


    Robert has been involved in local law societies for many years, having been a secretary and president of Bristol Law Society and secretary of the Association of South Western Law Societies.


    Robert joined Council in 2011 and became President of the Law Society in 2016. He is one of five representatives for the City of London constituency, a member of the Law Society's Equality and Diversity Committee and a member of the RAB Regulatory Processes Committee.

    Richard Tromans

    Richard Tromans is the founder of TromansConsulting, which advises lawyers on strategy and innovation, including the adoption of legal AI technology. He has spent almost 20 years working in the legal sector focused on the UK and global legal markets.


    Richard also is the founder of the global legal AI and new technology site, Artificial Lawyer, which was recently recognised as one of the top 50 information sites in the world on Artificial Intelligence.


    Saturday 29th September 2018

    The Law Society


    Join us for a spectacular Gala Dinner on Saturday 29 September 2018 at the Law Society’s Grade ll listed building in London which promises to be one of the biggest networking events of the year for junior lawyers.


    The event is aimed at all members of the legal profession in the UK (including LPC and BPTC students, paralegals, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers, junior solicitors, junior barristers, as well as those undertaking the CILEX route), and abroad. It is your chance to network with lawyers from the UK and abroad at an elegant and fun formal dinner. Look forward to capturing the night in our Showtime GIF photo booth.


    The evening will begin with a drinks reception at 19:00 followed by a three-course dinner with wine, dancing and entertainment. The event will finish at 01:00.


    Dress Code

    The Gala Dinner is a black tie event. Please dress to impress in a dinner suit for gentleman and evening dress or trouser suit for ladies. National dress is also permitted.


    £85 - book now by scrolling down to avoid disappointment.




    The competition gives lawyers from all over the world the chance to showcase their speaking skills in a light-hearted way. It provides a great opportunity for networking and aims to be entertaining for both speakers and their audience. Each contestant talks for five minutes on their topic – humour and satire are strongly encouraged.


    This year's topics are:

    1. Vegetables have feelings – stop carrot cruelty?
    2. Media has spoiled our eating habits
    3. Black Lives Matter v Blue Lives Matter
    4. Why did the chicken actually cross the road?
    5. Middle aged parents figure out Snapchat
    6. Things a T-Rex can’t do with its little arms
    7. Socks and Sandals are okay
    8. Pineapple is not a pizza topping

    This year's prizes: a two-piece suit and shirt from sponsor T.M. Lewin


    For further information, and registration, please click here.


    JLD / LYLG/ YBC / EYBA Members All Events - £170

    Non-Members All Events - £210

    Evenings Only - £125

    Gala Dinner - £85

    (all prices are exclusive of booking fees)


    Ticket prices exclude travel and accommodation. Delegates should make their own accommodation arrangements at a Central London hotel, ideally close to the Law Society which will be the venue for most of the conference (113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL). The following websites may assist you in searching for appropriate accommodation.


    1. Late Room

    2. Trivago

    3. Last Minute

    4. Booking.com



    Other cost-effective options include renting a room or flat via www.airbnb.com and similar websites.

  • Venue Locations

    The Law Society

    113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL

    Nearest tube: Chancery Lane/Temple


    Tel: 020 7242 1222

    Nearest tube: Chancery Lane / Temple

    Middle Temple Hall

    Middle Temple Lane,

    London, EC4Y 9AT

    Nearest tube: Temple


    Tel: 020 7427 4800

    Nearest tube: Temple

    Royal Courts of Justice

    Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

    Nearest tube: Temple


    Tel: 020 7947 6000

    Nearest tube: Temple


    Hill House, Wine Office Court,

    18 Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 3BQ

    Nearest tube: Chancery Lane/Blackfriars


    Tel: 020 7842 0620

    Nearest tube: Chancery Lane / Blackfriars

    The Yorkshire Grey

    2 Theobalds Road


    WC1X 8PN


    Tel: 020 7405 2519

    Nearest tube: Chancery Lane / Farringdon

    The Happenstance

    10 Paternaster Square


    EC4M 7DX


    Tel: 020 7618 9520

    Nearest tube: St. Pauls


    International Weekend is proudly sponsored by:

    Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England and Wales (JLD)

    2018 International Weekend Team:

    Adele Edwin-Lamerton, Amy Clowrey, Adam Hattersley, Manda Banerji and Rick Thomas.


    With more than 70,000 members, the JLD is the largest special interest group within the Law Society of England and Wales. Membership is free and automatic for students on the Legal Practice Course, LPC graduates, trainee solicitors, and solicitors with up to five years' active post qualification experience.


    Young Barristers' Committee of the Bar Council (YBC)

    2018 International Weekend Team:

    Richard Hoyle


    The Young Barristers’ Committee is one of the main representative Committees of The General Council of the Bar. Led by a Chairman and Vice-Chairman, it comprises elected members of the Bar Council (employed and self-employed barristers) under seven years’ Call as well as barristers who are co-opted to ensure representation from different practice areas and all Circuits.


    European Young Bar Association (EYBA)

    2018 International Weekend Team:

    Nonna Leontieva


    The EYBA is a pan-European association for young lawyers and represents over 200,000 young lawyers spread across 18 member countries.


    London Young Lawyers Group (LYLG)

    2018 International Weekend Team:



    The London Young Lawyers Group organises monthly events in London, ranging from CPD seminars and careers evenings to social events such as our annual ball, summer drinks and Christmas party. These events allow members to meet other people at the same stage in their careers, and get to know them in an informal environment - usually over complimentary drinks! Secondly, the LYLG provides a vital support network for lawyers during the early stages of their career. Law students, paralegals, trainee solicitors, qualified solicitors up to 7 years PQE and barristers of up to 10 years call, are eligible to join for a modest annual fee.



    General Meeting of the EYBA



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