Highlights of the opening of the judicial year 2022

The events, which took place from October 2-5, were a fantastic time for our office holders and staff to connect with over 60 foreign bar leaders from jurisdictions around the world.

The opening of the judicial year provides an opportunity to collectively reaffirm the importance of the rule of law, access to justice and the right to independent legal representation.

We would like to thank everyone who traveled to London to celebrate with us. Here are the highlights:


Law Society Vice President Lubna Shuja met with leaders of the Belgian Bar to thank them for lobbying their government to remove the EU nationality requirement for lawyers wishing to qualify in Belgium.

She also raised the possibility, introduced by recent amendments to the Judicial Code, that UK nationals could use English law degrees to take the bar exam in Belgium.

Later in the week, Lubna attended a large networking reception at the French Embassy for French lawyers practicing or interested in the jurisdiction of England and Wales.


Chairwoman I. Stephanie Boyce and Bar President Mark Fenhalls met with leaders of Latin American bar associations to discuss the launch of negotiations for a UK-Mexico Free Trade Agreement and explore opportunities under underlying for the legal profession.

Stephanie Boyce gave the keynote address at LexMex, an annual joint conference we organized in tandem with the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Britain.

North Asia and the Pacific

Lubna met with the Korean Bar Association to discuss future collaboration and the upcoming review of the UK-Korea Continuity Trade Agreement.

She also met with the Law Society of Hong Kong to discuss the current qualification system for foreign lawyers in Hong Kong and explore areas of potential collaboration.

South Asia and ASEAN

Lubna met with President of the Malaysian Bar Council Karen Cheah and Richard Wee, an active member, to strengthen collaboration in the legal services sector between the two jurisdictions.