26th - 29th SEPTEMBER 2019


    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 26 September 2019


    18:20 - late: Welcome Reception hosted by London Young Lawyers Group at The Curtain, Shoreditch, 45 Curtain Road, Hackney, London EC2A 3PT


    Friday 27 September 2019


    09:30 - 10:00: Registration and refreshments, the Law Society (113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL)


    10:15 - 12:30: Tour of the Commercial Court, 7 Rolls Building, Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1NL for an address from the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffery Vos.


    12:30 -14:00: Lunch at the Cheshire Cheese Pub (145 Fleet St, London, EC4A 2BU).


    14:00 - 17:00: Opportunity to sit with a Civil or Criminal Judge at Southwark Courts.


    19:00 - late: Dynamic Vines - Fine wine tasting and craft beer from the Beer Mile under the railway arches. Private cellar of Dynamic Vines.


    Saturday 28 September 2019


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


    10:30 - 11:00: Welcome addresses.


    11:00 - 11:45: IBA Bullying and Harassment Report - Speaker: Beatriz Martinez, IBA


    11:45 - 12:30: 100 years of Women in Practice - Speaker: Lucinda Acland, First 100 years Project


    12:30 - 13:45: Lunch (Fringe Event - International Oratory Competition)


    13:45 - 14:30: Cross Border Work - Speakers: Hugh Mercer QC (Essex Court Chambers), Sarah Vasani (Partner, Addleshaw Goddard), Brian Kotick (Associate Attorney, Winston & Strawn London LLP) and Andrea Stauber (Senior Associate, King & Spalding International LLP.


    14:30 - 15:00: The Art of Negotiation - Speaker: Graham Massie, CEDR


    15:00 - 15:15: Refreshments


    15:15 - 16:00: Persuasive Advocacy - Speaker: Chris Henley QC (Carmelite Chambers)


    16:00 - 16:15: Closing Remarks


    16:15 - 19:00: Free time


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


    Sunday 29 September 2019


    10:30 - 12:00: EYBA Annual General Meeting


    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)


    Saturday 28th September 2019

    The Law Society


    Join us for a spectacular Gala Dinner on Saturday 28 September 2019 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.


    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.


    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

    The Commercial Court

    7 Rolls Building,

    Fetter Lane,


    EC4A 1NL

    Nearest tube: Chancery Lane / Temple

  • Speakers

    David Greene

    Vice President of The Law Society

    David qualified in 1980, becoming a partner at Edwin Coe in 1984. He became Senior Partner of the Firm in 2011. David is a litigator. He is a claimants’ practitioner and has specialised in group claims of all natures for over 25 years in the UK and USA. Although in that context David undertakes some personal injury work his main focus is on commercial claims including competition claims and claims on behalf of shareholders.


    David is well known for his work on Brexit. He acted for one of the two claimants in the Article 50 litigation. He also chairs the Law Society Task Force on Brexit. As such he has written and lectured in the UK and Europe on the issues that arise in relation to Brexit and civil justice. He has also provided evidence to the Commons and Lords on those issues.


    David is Vice President of the Law Society. He has been a member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee and the Civil Justice Council.


    He is the author of and contributor to various books on civil justice, and is consultant editor of the New Law Journal.

    Sarah Vasani

    Partner at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

    Sarah Vasani leads Addleshaw Goddard's Investor State Dispute Resolution Practice. She is an experienced international arbitration lawyer specialising in both international commercial arbitration and investor state disputes. She is commended for providing "excellent client service" and has been described by her clients as a "strategic, energetic, tenacious and an incredibly capable counsellor and advocate". Who's Who Legal and Global Arbitration Review recognised Sarah each year from 2017 through 2020 as a "Future Leader in International Arbitration".


    WWL noted that Sarah "ranks prominently for her 'energy, enthusiasm and strong background in treaty claims' and is commended by peers who note, 'She goes from strength to strength." WWL described her as "a 'persuasive and effective counsel' who possesses particularly commendable expertise in energy". Most recently, WWL recognised Sarah as "a skilled advocate with a thorough knowledge of public international law" who is "a smart and dedicated lawyer" boasting "a truly impressive roster of clients." Sarah was also recognised in The Legal 500’s inaugural International Arbitration Powerlist in 2019.

    Lucinda Acland

    First 100 Years Project

    Lucinda Acland, non-practising solicitor and First 100 Years member

    worked as a solicitor and litigation support lawyer for Lovell White

    Durrant (now Hogan Lovells), created online CPD courses at The College

    of Law, recently designed and produced podcasts for First 100 Years

    and co-authored ‘First:100 years of Women in Law.’

    Brian Kotick

    Associate at Winston & Strawn London LLP

    Brian is an Associate at Winston & Strawn in the firm’s international arbitration team. He focuses his practice on both international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, involving clients in the energy, mining and aerospace industries. He has represented clients in disputes administered under the ICDR, LCIA, SCC, ICC, ICSID, and UNCITRAL rules, and also has experience with post-award matters at the annulment and enforcement stages. Brian is also a co-host of the podcast, “The Arbitration Station”, available on iTunes.


    Andrea Stauber

    Senior Associate at King & Spalding International LLP

    Andrea Stauber is a senior associate in King & Spalding’s International Arbitration practice in London. Prior to that, she worked at a leading firm in Australia and then joined King & Spalding in their Singapore office. Andrea’s practice focuses principally on complex international commercial disputes, particularly in the construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy sectors on projects world-wide.


    Amy Clowrey

    Chair of the JLD

    Amy is an associate solicitor within the child abuse department at a regional firm, Switalskis Solicitors, representing victims of historical child abuse and exploitation. Amy qualified as a solicitor with a high street firm in December 2014. 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 Law (Hons) and Master of Law and Practice course (LPC equivalent). Amy later completed her Masters entitled 'The Voice of the Child in Family Proceedings - are we there yet?'.


    Alongside being chair of the Junior Lawyers Division, Amy is a committee member of the Huddersfield Law Society Twinning with Uganda Group. In 2017 she travelled to Uganda to provide training to Ugandan lawyers in conjunction with the Ugandan Law Society.


    Amy has also stood as national representative and vice chair of the Huddersfield and Halifax JLD and as both the sponsorship officer and the education and charity officer for the Leeds JLD in recent years.


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


    In 2018 Amy was awarded the Rising Star of the Year Award at the Modern Law Awards.


    Charlotte Parkinson

    Vice Chair of the JLD

    Charlotte is an Associate at Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds, specialising in commercial litigation and in particular, public procurement disputes. Before qualifying, Charlotte worked for three years as a paralegal and then trained in a small regional firm before moving to Addleshaw Goddard upon qualification.


    Charlotte is currently the Vice Chair of the JLD and will take over as Chair in November 2019.

    Joyce Herrent

    President of the EYBA

    Joyce is a Belgian lawyer based in Mons and Bruxelles. She set up her law practice in 2011, where she specialises in the fields of civil litigation, property law, guardianship, and tutelage.


    She is currently the President of European Young Bar Association (EYBA).


    Simon Lafrance

    Vice President of the EYBA

    Simon is a London based lawyer specialising in derivatives. He works for investment banks and focuses on EU financial regulation and contracts between market participants. Past and current social involvement includes supporting public art exhibitions and acting as mentor for the young interested by the legal profession.


    Leah Caprani

    Student Representative of the JLD

    Leah read Law with Hispanic Law at UCL and spent a year of her degree studying Spanish Law at Universidad Carlos III Madrid. After completing the LPC at the University of Law, Leah embarked on two solo worldwide backpacking trips before joining her current firm, Winckworth Sherwood LLP, as a law costs draftsman in 2016. Leah now works as a paralegal within the firm's employment department and is the Citizens Advice lead on Winckworth Sherwood’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.


    In addition to being the JLD Student Representative, Leah is the sponsorship officer for Westminster and Holborn Law Society and a member of LegalGeek's Women in LawTech programme.


    Beatriz Martinez

    Project Coordinator of the International Bar Association

    Beatriz is the Legal Projects Coordinator of the Legal Policy and Research Unit at the International Bar Association based in London. She holds a double degree in Law and Political Science and of the Public Administration from the Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE) in Madrid. She has also completed a double master’s degree in Lawyering and Business Law from IE University in Madrid. Before coming to the IBA, Beatriz worked as a trainee lawyer at the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Court of Arbitration. She speaks fluent Spanish and English.


    Nicola Wilding

    Executive Committee Member of the JLD

    Nicola is an Associate at DLA Piper specialising in Real Estate, specialising in landlord and tenant matters, development and telecommunications. Nicola trained and qualified at DLA Piper’s Liverpool office. Nicola has been actively involved in the JLD for 4 years. During that time, Nicola was elected and represented Merseyside JLD for 2 years as their national committee representative and for the last 2 years has been a member of the JLD’s executive committee. Nicola has a keen interest in promoting the JLD on the international stage and nurturing relationships with other JLDs across the world.


    Athena Markides

    Chair of the Young Barristers Committee

    Athena is a barrister at Crown Office Chambers and the Chair of the Bar Council’s Young Barristers’ Committee for 2019. Her practice predominantly covers insurance, construction and international arbitration work. As Chair of the Young Bar she has been particularly active in relation to pay for the publicly funded bar and wellbeing.



    International Weekend is proudly sponsored by:

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

    2019 International Weekend Team:

    Charlotte Parkinson, Adam Hattersley, Leah Caprani and Nicola Wilding.


    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)

    2019 International Weekend Team:


    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)

    2019 International Weekend Team:

    Simon Lafrance


    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)

    2019 International Weekend Team:

    Nicola Rubbert


    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.



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