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The European Circuit Annual Conference – September 28th and 29th 2017

Brussels 28th - 29th September, 2017

 

Euro Vision for litigators in Europe & beyond

Brussels conference 28 and 29 September 2017

The European Circuit Annual Conference in cooperation with the French and Flemish speaking Bars of Brussels and the American Counsel Association

TO REGISTER, PLEASE GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE – EARLY BIRD RATES UNTIL THE 31st of August 2017!

In 2017, when nothing is certain and international relationships are in a state of flux, the European Circuit is collaborating with the Brussels Bars to explore important issues that are likely to shape  cross-border litigation in the months and years to come. We are hoping that our longstanding professional friends and contacts will join us and that new voices will join the debate as the international legal ground shifts beneath our feet. The conference offers the opportunity to observe court proceedings in the Palais de Justice and then meet those working at the “coalface” over a working lunch; listen to and debate with highly experienced and eminent judges and practitioners about issues at the pinch-points of change; and enjoy fine wines and cuisine in the company of lawyers interested in cross-border issues within Europe and beyond. The conference objectives are to provide a highly enjoyable and stimulating exchange of experience and ideas and to strike up new professional relationships.  The European Circuit is open to lawyers from all Council of Europe countries and we hope that many of you will join us in September in Brussels.

 

Thursday 28.09.17 – evening reception

18:00                           Welcome reception at the UK Residency. Rue Ducale 17, Brussels

Welcome:                     Andrew Langdon QC, Chairman of the Bar

 

Friday 29.09.17 – Court visit and conference

08:30 – 10:30           

Visit to the  Palais de Justice, Place Poelaert – 1000, Bruxelles, including observing a case and a  Q&A session with local judges and lawyers.

Please bring ID. 

 

10:30-11 :00            

Conference registration: Salle des audiences solennelles de la Cour d’Appel

 

11:00-11:15                

WELCOME ADDRESS – Pierre Sculier (Batonnier) and Patrick A Dillen (Stafhouder)

                                   

11:15 -12:15               

THE IMPORTANCE OF AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY

Chair: Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC

Sir Ernest Ryder – Lord Justice of the English Court of Appeal

The Hon Lady Wolffe – Justice of the Scottish Court of Session

Me Sidney Bernemann – Conseiller Belgian Court of Cassation [to be confirmed]

                                   

12:15-13:15                

THE IMPACT OF THE COMMON LAW/COMMON LAWYERS ON EU LAW AND WHAT EU LAW HAS BROUGHT TO THE COMMON LAW

Chair: David Barniville SC – past Chairman of the Irish Bar

Eleanor Sharpston QC – Advocate General at the CJEU

Seamus Woulfe SC – Attorney General of Ireland

 

13:15 – 14:15              

Lunch – cafeteria Palais de Justice

 

14:15-15:15                

The Future of the UK in  Europe – WTO rights and remedies

Chair:Caroline Wilson CMG – Director Europe, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Ed McGovern – Chambers of Edmond McGovern

Alastair Sutton – Barrister, Brick Court Chambers

Isabelle Van Damme – Avocat, Van Bael & Bellis

 

15:15- 16:15               

FORUM SHOPPING IN COMMERCIAL, TORT AND FAMILY LAW

Chair: Diana Wallis – President, European Law Institute  and former Vice President of the European Parliament

Me. Marine Blitz – Avocat, Belgium family law practitioner

Philip Mead – Barrister, 12 King’s Bench Walk

Belgian commercial law practitioner [to be confirmed]

 

16:15 – 16:40             

Coffee break

 

16:40-17:40                

LAWYERS PRACTISING ABROAD – EU & THIRD COUNTRY LAWYERS

Chair: Jean-Louis Joris – Avocat Cleary Gottlieb Brussels

Trevor Soames – Avocat au Barreau de Bruxelles, Solicitor-Advocate and Barrister

Ivan Smyth – UK Permanent Representation [to be confirmed]

Luc Vanheeswijck – Head of Cabinet of the Stafhouder

 

17:40-18:00               

European Circuit AGM.

 

18:00                          

Conference closes

 

19:30                        

Dinner (lounge suits)

Au Vieux St Martin, Grand Sablon

 

To see the range of accommodation close to the Bruxelles Palais de Justice and the conference venue, please use the url address: https://HotelMap.com/pro/MYAKH  or alternatively contact [email protected] and quote reference MYAKH. For those intending to travel by Eurostar packages can be obtained at www.eurostar.com

 

CPD for Barristers

In relation to CPD, the scheme in England and Wales changed as of 1st of January 2017. As a result organisations are no longer formally accredited. In addition for established practitioners there is no minimum hours threshold and whether the event will be considered CPD will depend on your personal practitioner plan and whether it fits in with your desired learning objectives.

Whilst there is no longer a requirement for minimum hours or points we thought it may be useful to provide a guideline and therefore we calculate this event to be equivalent to 4.5 CPD points.

To read more about the new CPD scheme please visit the Bar Standards Board’s website here

The Bar of Northern Ireland have awarded this event with 5 CPD points for its members

 

EARLY BIRD RATES UNTIL THE 31ST OF AUGUST 2017!

  • Tickets
Type Ticket Price  

Over 7 Years Call / ACA Members

Members Conference Fee – Over 7 Years Call / ACA Members

£140

Under 7 Years Call/Students

Members Conference Fee – Under 7 Years Call/Students

£70

Over 7 Years Call

Non Members Rate – Over 7 Years Call

£160

Under 7 Years Call

Non Members Rate – Under 7 Years Call

£90
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