IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017
8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017
Room C2.1, Convention Centre, Level 2
Fear of flying in Asia: a review of the FiFo environment in Asia and a global update - should ‘local lawyers’ be afraid of temporary ‘foreign lawyers’?
Tuesday 10 October (1430 - 1730)
Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Expert Subcommittee
BIC International Trade in Legal Services Committee
Immigration and Nationality Law Committee
As lawyers we often ‘fly in and fly out’ (FiFo) of countries without a care, but are we breaching regulatory and/or immigration rules, or creating tax liabilities in doing so? In a post-Trump, post-Brexit world, the ability of lawyers to cross borders on a temporary basis has become even less certain. The capacity of governments to negotiate, let alone implement trade agreements that clarify the position of cross-border professional services providers, has become increasingly limited. Nonetheless, the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), as well as various other regional initiatives, such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, remain on the negotiating table and our session will include a contribution from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia, which is chairing the legal services chapter of the TiSA negotiations. So the world is getting less and less FiFo-friendly, while in parallel, lawyers are becoming even more international. Should the IBA publish some ‘good practice options’ for trade negotiators and regulators to move this debate forward in a way that assists international practice while respecting local regulation and helping the local legal environment to develop? How do we ensure the legal profession can be international?
|LALIT BHASIN||Bhasin and Company Advocates, New Delhi, Delhi, India; Honorary Life Member of IBA Council and Association|
|Guillermo Canalejo Lasarte||Uria Menendez, Madrid, Spain; Membership Officer - Europe, Taxes Committee|
|Kim Debenham||Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Hanim Hamzah||KPMG, Singapore, Singapore|
|Mickael Laurans||The Law Society of England and Wales, London, England; Vice Chair, BIC International Trade in Legal Services Committee|
|Catherine Sas KC||Sas & Ing Immigration Law Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Senior Vice Chair, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee|