News in brief
New Legal Services Bill
The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed the introduction of the Legal Services (Scotland) Bill as helping to drive forward its agenda for change. Michael Clancy writes about the choice of model, role of the regulators and the opportunities presented by the bill.
Bicentenary of the restoration of the Bars
The Paris Bar is preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Bars by Napoleon. They had been abloished during the French Revolution. The anniversary celebrations will take place in Paris, 24-26 June, as part of an international event attended by Persident Sarkozy.
- Click here to read more news from the Paris Bar's website (available in French only).
News items from the the Sofia Bar Association
The new Family Code has entered into force on 1 October 2009. The most substantial amendment in comparison with the old Family Code is the abolition of the compulsory unity marital system. The spouses can now choose between the legal unity system, the legal severalty system and the signing of a nuptial agreement – a system closer to the marital systems of the other European and the American legal systems. The spouses to marriages entered into prior to the adoption of the new Family Code could switch to the legal severalty system or to sign a nuptial agreement if they so wish.
The new administration of the Condominium Act which entered into force on 1 May 2009 provides for the voluntary creation of Associations of the owners, with the object the administration of the communal parts of apartment houses. The Associations will have legal status similar to those of most European countries. Under the Act, the administration of communal portions of buildings within closed residential complexes shall be performed via notarised agreements which must be registered in the real estate’s file in the Real Estates’ Registry.
News from the Ukrainian Bar Association
The Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) has recently implemented a number of initiatives and succeeded in broadening its scope of activities through new committees and regional branches.
The key initiative of the past few weeks was the formalising and launch of the UBA hotline on the protection of the professional rights of lawyers from illegal actions of state officials and third parties. This service is designed to provide first-hand support to lawyers and attorneys who have suffered from the abuse of power or illegal treatment when exercising their professional duties.
New date for Asia Pacific Regional Forum Conference
In addition to this year's regular schedule of specialist, practice focused conferences, and the IBA Annual Conference in Vancouver, there are four multi-focus, regional conferences in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Exploring internal and external perspectives across multiple practice areas, IBA Regional Conferences provide the perfect opportunity not only to keep abreast of legal developments in the area, but also to network with key practitioners from the region’s leading firms and institutions.
The date of the 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Forum Conference in Tokyo has been postponed 17-19 November 2010. Please click here to read full details of the conference.
The ABA Spirit of Excellence Awards
The American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award has been presented since 1995. It celebrates the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work for the promotion a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. Awards are presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state, or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity within the legal profession. The Awards are given annually at a luncheon, which takes places at the ABA’s Midyear Meeting.
- Click here to learn more about the ABA’s Spirit of Excellence Awards
- Click here to read about nominations for the 2011 Spirit of Excellence Awards.
Bar Association answers CLE call
The New Zealand Bar Association has launched a comprehensive legal education training programme designed for both independent barristers and litigators based in firms. The programme will begin as a pilot scheme based in the Auckland region, and, if successful will be rolled out to other parts of the country.