News and Upcoming Events

The British Chinese Law Association would like to invite you the following events.  We look forward to seeing you there!


The British Chinese Law Association would like to invite you to the third East Asian Friendship Charity Event in aid of the Lord Mayor of London's Charities Appeal - a GALA OPERA EVENING featuring operas with Asian settings or themes, at St Giles Church Cripplegate on Wednesday 15 May 2013.  Please see here for details.  

Booking has already started for this event. Places are limited at 200 and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment!  

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Past Events


A very Happy New Year of the Snake to you all!  To celebrate the arrival of the New Year we would like to invite you to a social gathering with drinks at the following venue on 28 February. 

Venue: Balls Brothers, Mark Lane, London EC3R 7BB

When: 28 February 2013 18:30-20:30  

All drinks can be ordered at the bar with cash or card payment.  There is no need to pre-book. Just turn up on the day!  Look forward to seeing you!

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You are cordially invited to attend the social drinks event on 15th of May with the following details. This is the first event that BCLA is jointly organising with BCAA and would be a great opportunity to meet other accounting and legal professionals and students.


Date: Tuesday, 15th May 2012

Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Venue: Leaders Bar, Marriott Hotel (Westminster Bridge Road, Nearest station: Waterloo)


All drinks can be ordered at the bar with cash or card payment. You can check the following link for more details about the venue. 

There is no need to pre-book. Just turn up on the day!


What the BCAA say about themselves:

BCAA is devoted to promoting the development of professionals and students within the accountancy, finance, economic and other fields, and facilitating the practice and application of international accounting standards and taxation regulations with the aim to enhance the relationship between Britain and China. We work with multi-stakeholders to promote greater communication between local professionals and Accountancy communities. BCAA also encourages professionals from other areas of businesses to build better links with accountants. BCAA is offering a range of supporting services such as CV & Interview coaching, career development programs, leadership skills enhancement and various social events on a regular basis.

Currently, BCAA is entirely voluntarily run. We have thousands of contacts over the UK and China and are working hard to promote greater shares of professional knowledge, cultures, languages and values. Our objective is to become a global organisation which bridges the West and the East by creating a harmonic platform for professionals and students in accountancy to achieve higher standards of professionalism and develop expertise. 



Anglo-Spanish Legal Conference

The Law Society is hosting a Anglo-Spanish conference in London on 7-8th June 2012. The event will provide a comparative overview of the English and Spanish legal systems. To register for this event .


If you are interested in being a speaker at the conference please view more on the website; 

China's Global ambitions and Its Impact on the Chinese Legal Market

- A Dialogue with David Liu, partner of Junhe Law Firm

(followed by networking drinks)

Time: Tuesday, 28 February 2012, 6.30pm registration for 6.45pm start

Venue: Clifford Chance LLP

10 Upper Bank Street

E14 5JJ

Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line, or DLR)

RSVP: email to, by cob Thursday 23 February. 

Introduction of Mr David Liu:

"Mr Liu has a diverse corporate and finance practice, with an emphasis on banking and financial services.  Mr Liu started his practice in 1989.  In 1993, he was trained at one leading international law firm in its London and Hong Kong offices.  Mr Liu's practice is heavily international.  Mr Liu has actively represented a number of international companies and banks in structuring, negotiation, document preparation and and rendering legal opinion in many investment and finance projects, including petrochemical, semiconductor, steel, automobile, power, water, toll road, commercial property and other industries.  In recent years, Mr Liu has advised foreign banks in their strategic cooperation with PRC banks, advised private equity fund in acquiring commercial property and infrastructure projects, assisted in setting up fund management joint venture, auto finance company, insurance company and other financial institutions.  Mr Liu is an arbitrator of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and also Shanghai Arbitration Commission, visiting law professor of East China University of Politics and Law.  Mr Liu was awarded the Legal Personality of the Year 2003 and China Dealmaker of the Year 2009 by Asian Legal Business and also was recommended by the Global Leading Lawyers since 2000 continuously by Chambers & Partners and by Asia Law & Practice as a leading lawyer."                                        

 -- Asialaw - Leading Lawyers.

The British Chinese Law Association would like to thank Clifford Chance LLP for their generous sponsorship of this event!


The BCLA is the co-organiser of the Second East Asian Friendship Charity Event in aid of the Lord Mayor of London's Charity Appeal "The Bear Necessities".  The event will be organised with other Chinese, Japanese and Korean associations in the form of a concert, in the presence of Ambassadors of China, Japan and Korea (or their representatives), at St Lawrence Jewry Church, Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, London on 4 October 2011 at 6.30 p.m., showcasing leading young classical musicians from the three countries, Grace Yeo (piano), Yuko Tomonago (harp) and Zizhou Zhang (piano).

For details of the background, the concert programme and the players, and how to get tickets, click here.


The BCLA is pleased to inform you that the Law Society has just opened the opportunities for UK firms to engage with firms from China, South Korea and Hong Kong from 23-25 May in London. You can download the programme and overseas delegates to date from the link below and of course register your participation.


For further enquiries please contact:


Speaker:      Martin Jacques

Date:            12 April 2011

Venue:        Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, London

On 12 April 2011, the British Chinese Law Association organised a seminar entitled "When China Rules the World", given by Mr Martin Jacques, author of the international best-seller "When China Rules the World, the Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World" and hosted at the London offices of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

The event attracted a huge interest, with over 60 participants packed into the Dewey & LeBoeuf conference room. Mr Jacques shared with the audience his unique insight into the various stages of China's influence on the rest of the world - in particular, the ways in which the world trade and economic balance has shifted in the last ten years and essence of China as a civilisation state.  He also raised some interesting questions regarding the impact of China's rise on the Western world from cultural, economic and political perspectives. The seminar ended with an active discussion between Mr Jacques and the audience, which lasted well beyond the scheduled time and into the following drinks reception.  Many participants also had their copies of Mr Jacques' book signed by the author.

The seminar was a great success.  The BCLA would like to thank Dewey & LeBoeuf for their generous hospitality and efficient logistical support to this event. The D&L catering team even provided Chinese themed canapes for the reception, which was very fitting and much appreciated by all attendees.


BCLA China 10

The British Chinese Law Association celebrated its tenth anniversary with a series of debates and lectures looking forward to the next ten years of commercial law in China - the BCLA China10 Series. This series covered financial, environmental and dispute resolution law.

Thursday 3 June 2010

A discussion of the current state of, and prospects for, environmental law in the People's Republic of China.  The third and final event in the BCLA China10 programme celebrating the re-launch and tenth anniversary of the BCLA:

In association with Macfarlanes LLP

SPEAKERS: Judge Dr Wu Jigang (Shandong Higher People's Court), Paul Davies (Partner Macfarlanes LLP), David Symons (Executive Director, WSP Environment and Energy) and Isabel Hilton OBE (Editor, Chinadialogue)

CHAIR: Matthew Townsend (British Chinese Law Association


JUDGE DR WU JIGANG is a Judge of Grade III in the Second Judicial Supervision Division of the Shandong Higher People’s Court. He has a PhD in Law (Major Environmental Law) from the Institute of Law of the China Ocean University, Qingdao. Shandong.

PAUL DAVIES is an environmental partner at Macfarlanes. He advises on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions in the UK and overseas, in addition to a wide variety of other work, including the management of contaminated land, the insurance of environmental risk, liaising with regulatory authorities and advising on climate change, health and safety, asbestos and waste management issues.

DAVID SYMONS is an Executive Director with WSP Environment and Energy, leading the firm’s corporate sustainability consulting practice. He has advised many companies on sustainability strategies in China, and sustainable supply chain programmes in the region. David has an MBA with distinction from Warwick University and a first degree in physical sciences from Southampton University.

ISABEL HILTON is a London based international journalist and broadcaster. She is editor and founder of Chinadialogue, an innovative bilingual website promoting a discussion on environmental issues. She is a former presenter of the BBC's flagship news programme, The World Tonight and a columnist for The Guardian. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Granta, the New Statesman, El Pais, Index on Censorship and many other publications. She has reported from China, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe and has written and presented several documentaries for BBC television.


We would like to thank the Great Britain China Centre (, the Law Society International Division ( and the China Britain Business Council ( for their support. We would also like to thank Chinese Entrepreneurs Global ( and the Association of Chinese Financial Professionals (


Thursday 25 March 2010

A discussion of the current state of, and prospects for, financial law in the People's Republic of China.

SPEAKERS: Yongmei Evers Cai, Partner, King & Wood PRC Lawyers, Beijing; Andrew Halper, Head of China Business Group in the UK, CMS Cameron McKenna, London.

CHAIR: Matthew Townsend, CEO, British Chinese Law Association


YONGMEI EVERS CAI is a Partner in the Beijing office of King & Wood PRC Lawyers. She specializes in banking, cross-border finance, and real estate finance. She has had more than 15 years of legal practice with major international and Chinese law firms and extensive experience in advising major international and local financial institutions, commercial corporations and equity investors on corporate finance, commodity and trade finance, project finance, acquisition and leverage finance, mergers and acquisitions, syndicated lending, debt and corporate restructurings, compliance, structured finance, derivatives and structured products.

ANDREW HALPER is head of CMS Cameron McKenna's China Business Group in the UK. He is a corporate lawyer qualified to practice law in both England and Canada, he advises Western companies pursuing matters in China across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, chemicals, food, real estate development, media, health technology, education, financial services, natural resources, franchising and trade. In addition, he advises Chinese enterprises engaged in business outside of China. His Chinese clients have included China National Petroleum Corporation and China Central Television.

Sister organisations

We are delighted to announce that this event is supported by the Association of Chinese Financial Professionals ( We would also like to thank the Law Society's International Division for their support
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