LegalTech Survey (individual Lawyers)

LegalTech Survey (individual Lawyers)

 
Filling this survey should take up to 10 minutes.

The survey has been created by the New Technologies Commission at the Fédération des Barreaux d’Europe (FBE) in order to research the state of LegalTech within the Bar Associations – members of FBE and among their lawyers. By LegalTech (legal technology) we understand all technology used by law firms to improve their processes and increase their efficiency and effectiveness.

We would like you to share your experience with us regarding LegalTech tools, opportunities and risks involved in the use of such tools as well as information on any actions undertaken by the Bar Associations in this regard, specifically – how they promote LegalTech.

The data collected in this survey will be used to draft a report concerning LegalTech for the FBE Bar members and indicate best practices of using new technologies in lawyers’ everyday practice. It will be presented during the future FBE meetings, however should you be interested in obtaining it individually – please write your contact details i.e. the e-mail address at the end of the survey.

We would like also to use this opportunity and to thank you for your answers – they will contribute towards the development of LegalTech within the FBE. Each contribution is of a great value to all of us!

 

LegalTech Survey (Bar Associations)

LegalTech Survey (Bar Associations)

 
Filling this survey should take up to 5 minutes.

The survey has been created by the New Technologies Commission at the Fédération des Barreaux d’Europe (FBE) in order to research the state of LegalTech within the Bar Associations – members of FBE and among their lawyers. By LegalTech (legal technology) we understand all technology used by law firms to improve their processes and increase their efficiency and effectiveness.

We would like you to share your experience with us regarding LegalTech tools, opportunities and risks involved in the use of such tools as well as information on any actions undertaken by the Bar Associations in this regard, specifically – how they promote LegalTech.

The data collected in this survey will be used to draft a report concerning LegalTech for the FBE Bar members and indicate best practices of using new technologies in lawyers’ everyday practice. It will be presented during the future FBE meetings, however should you be interested in obtaining it individually – please write your contact details i.e. the e-mail address at the end of the survey.

We would like also to use this opportunity and to thank you for your answers – they will contribute towards the development of LegalTech within the FBE. Each contribution is of a great value to all of us!

 

Resolution on the Rule of Law

We, the representatives of the Bar Associations united in Vienna on the occasion of the 48th European Presidents’ Conference on 21 February 2020, stand together with all judges, prosecutors and lawyers, to urge the European Institutions and national authorities to make full use of the tools available in order to safeguard and restore the independence of the judiciary and the administration of justice in Europe.

We call upon the EU institutions and national authorities to maintain the strict autonomy and independence of Bars and the legal professions, including the judiciary, especially as regards disciplinary proceedings. This includes, in particular, also using expedited infringement procedures and filing applications for interim measures before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

We stress that the legal profession will not remain silent and will continue to support each other and stand united facing the current challenges of populism and infringements of the rule of law.

We express our full support to members of the Polish legal professions – targeted by repressive disciplinary measures – joined by colleagues from over 20 other European countries, raising their voices in Warsaw during the so-called “march of the 1.000 robes” in mid-January 2020.

In this context, we will gather in Brussels, Belgium, for a “march of the European Robes” between 24 and 26 June 2020, to voice in the heart of Europe, our commitment to the rule of law, the separation of powers, an independent judiciary and fundamental rights. As representatives of the Bar Associations in our countries, we invite first and foremost the wide legal family, all our fellow lawyers, judges and prosecutors to join us in order to send a strong signal.

The breaches of democracy, the rule of law and the violations of fundamental rights will not be tolerated.

PRISE DE POSITION relative au rapport du Groupe d’étude IBA-OCDE sur le rôle des avocats et sur les structures commerciales internationales

Le secrétariat de l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE) et l’IBA ont examiné le rôle des avocats dans la détection, l’identification et la prévention des comportements illicites dans le cadre des transactions commerciales, en particulier des transactions de nature internationale.

Ce rapport est rejeté dans son intégralité, car il y a méprise quant à l’essence même de la profession d’avocat. Le jugement porté sur l’exercice de la profession d’avocat et sur le métier d’avocat en lui‑même est erroné, car le rapport ne tient pas compte des règles professionnelles légales et des normes déontologiques de cette profession.

1. Ni l’OCDE ni l’IBA n’ont la compétence formelle ou matérielle pour rédiger un tel rapport. Toutes les dispositions légales pertinentes, les règles professionnelles ainsi que le code déontologique des avocats sont ignorés.

2. Le rapport omet par ailleurs le fait que les avocats opèrent dans des structures diverses et fournissent un large éventail de prestations au sein de systèmes juridiques différents.

Il est contradictoire de vouloir promouvoir une culture de la conformité tout en incriminant la profession d’avocat dans son ensemble.

L’approche uniforme du rapport contesté est également erronée en ce sens qu’elle nie la diversité des missions assurées par les avocats et les différents risques encourus.

3. Sur la base d’infractions pénales isolées, le rapport généralise et estime que le comportement et/ou les omissions de l’ensemble des avocats sont punissables tout en considérant, de manière générale, les avocats comme complices de leurs clients ayant commis une infraction.

4. Dans le cadre des transactions internationales en particulier, les avocats sont accusés d’abuser du secret professionnel et le rapport donne l’impression que les avocats ne sont mandatés que pour enfreindre la loi et donc agir eux-mêmes illégalement.

5. Ce rapport discrédite délibérément le statut des avocats en Europe.

Le grief général selon lequel les avocats devraient enfin empêcher leurs clients de verser des pots‑de-vin est absurde. 

6. Il est supposé sans discernement que les barreaux européens ne sont pas en mesure de maintenir l’ordre et donc de discipliner leurs membres.

Cela est parfaitement faux, comme chacun le sait.

7. Ce rapport se veut une attaque, aux motifs politiques évidents, bien trop transparente contre le droit et l’obligation de confidentialité des avocats. Ce rapport ne contribue pas à la stabilité générale, car il constitue une attaque directe contre les droits des clients.

La Fédération des Barreaux d’Europe rejette ce rapport dans son intégralité, car il est erroné et porte atteinte au crédit de la profession.

Opening of the legal year in Milano – 30-31 January 2020

The Ordine degli avvocate di Milano celebrated the opening of the legal year with a seminar ‘The cross border dimension of mediation’ in the majestic Palazzo Reale at the Piazza Duomo. Speakers from all over Europe and from Mexico and Taiwan gave contributions to the very interesting debates on how to manage mediation in an International case. Experiences were exchanged in an international round table. The value of the Singapore convention of 2019 and the Mediation Directive 52/2008/EC were discussed.

In the evening, the international department of the Milan Bar Association, CRINT, invited the foreign guests to the ballet in the Scala. What a fantastic event and an example of hospitality! The Milanese colleagues took care of every need. The gathering of international lawyers in this great setting in Milan led to interesting discussions about the profession and the working of bar associations. The next day, on Saturday, the legal year was opened in the High Court of Milan. Every party in the legal process, the judiciary, the prosecution, the ministry of justice and the bar association presented a report on the year 2019. The joint reporting on the workings of the legal profession could serve as an example for other jurisdictions to give a good insight and understanding in the problems they all face. In this gathering, specifically the problems to attract staff for the legal profession and the long duration of court proceedings were mentioned. The procedure was interrupted by penalists (attorneys in criminal cases) who protested against new measures concerning the statute of limitations and duration of pleadings. Never a dull moment!  The day ended with a fantastic gala of the Bar Association of Milan. The FBE was represented by its 2nd Vice President Bas Martens and former President Sara Chandler.

10e JOURNÉE DE L’AVOCAT EN DANGER – 24 Janvier 2020 : PAKISTAN

La Journée de l’Avocat en Danger est commémorée le 24 janvier de chaque année.

Le 24 janvier 1977, quatre avocats spécialistes des conflits sociaux et un assistant administratif ont été tués dans leur bureau à Madrid, en Espagne, en raison de leur travail. L’un des tueurs, qui était affilié à des partis et organisations d’extrême droite, a été condamné à quinze ans de prison ; un autre s’est enfui au Brésil et le troisième a été emprisonné plus tard en Bolivie dans le cadre d’un trafic de drogue.

Cette année, le 24 janvier 2020 marquera le 10e anniversaire de la Journée de l’Avocat en Danger.

Les années précédentes, la Journée a mis en lumière la situation des avocats dans les pays suivants : Chine, Colombie, Egypte, Honduras, Iran, Philippines, Espagne (Pays Basque), Turquie.

Lors de cette Journée, les organisateurs appellent leurs collègues internationaux à, d’une part, sensibiliser le public quant au nombre d’avocats harcelés, réduits au silence, mis sous pression, menacés, persécutés, torturés et mêmes assassinés dans l’exercice de leur profession et, d’autre part, à initier ou poursuivre une discussion au niveau national sur les moyens d’assurer la protection des avocats.

FBE Training Needs Assessment – Legal Education Commission

FBE Training Needs Assessment

 FBE Training Needs Assessment is a brief survey of 14 questions oriented to ascertain the needs and challenges faced by the European Bars concerning legal education. In particular, the questionnaire aims to identify:

  • Current education services offered by the FBE members
  • Lawyers´ needs in terms of legal education
  • Bar Association staff´s training needs

 The present Assessment is the outset of a project designed to create a shared legal education platform for the benefit of all FBE members and its members.

Statement on Poland – 20.01.2020

The Paris Bar Association, the German Bar Association, the Amsterdam Bar Association, the Flemish Bar Association and the Warsaw Bar Association of Advocates call upon the Polish Parliament to reject in full and refrain from further work on the bill introducing severe disciplinary measures against judges who would seek to verify the legality and constitutional legitimacy of the National Judiciary Council, the newly created Supreme Court chambers or other courts or tribunals (Amendments to the Law on the organization of common courts, the Act on the Supreme Court and some other acts dated 12 December 2019).

The proposed changes – taking in consideration especially the context in which they are introduced – are in breach of European and democratic standards and should be rejected as they disrupt the delicate balance between the judiciary and the executive, and thus undermine the rule of law in Poland and the European Union. The polish legal order faces a serious risk of legal chaos caused by a lack of mutual respect between the judicial institutions and courts before and after the legislative amendments in 2017.  

Independent courts are the ultimate guardian of justice and of the rights of citizens – especially if they face cases against the government. The judiciary itself may be the weakest among the three powers in democracies, but it is perhaps the most noble of them. Advocates – as part of the legal system – are now called to protect the judiciary and the rule of law against the unwarranted attacks from the executive and thus urge the Polish government to refrain from further demolition of the fragile system of checks and balances. Ultimately, the rights and freedoms of citizens are at stake.

FBE International Contract Competition 2020 – Bilbao, 27-29 March 2020

New deadline : February 28th – 14:00

The FBE International Contract Competition (the Competition) is an
educational event in which young lawyers from different jurisdictions
meet each other to simulate commercial contract case.

The basis for the Competition is a commercial contract case which
contains a situation, focused on a digital business, concerning
conditions of partners that would like to cooperate. Young lawyers
(national “law firms” – “teams”) from different jurisdictions form pairs
and negotiate the contract.

The goals of the Competition include building relations between
lawyers from different jurisdictions and enhancing international
cooperation skills in the field of law.