Benefits of Membership

LAWorld is a dynamic, modern and technically efficient international legal network.  Our members tell us that the benefits of membership are:
  • The immediate advantage of being internationally connected - with fast access to expert cost effective legal advice anywhere in the world. Your clients will be favourably impressed by the international capabilities you can now offer.
  • The opportunity to receive and make referrals to and from responsive lawyers that you meet and get to know as colleagues, who are bound together by a quality code of practice.
  • Our 55 members are currently located in the following 44 countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United States of America.  If LAWorld does not have a member in a jurisdiction that is important to you, it is likely that at least one of our members will be able to recommend a suitable local lawfirm.
  • The use of the LAWorld logo and brand to increase your profile with your clients
  • Annual and regional meetings to discuss issues of common interest, to enhance your international business connections and initiate sound marketing and practice development ideas within a non-competitive legal environment. In recent years the Annual Conference has rotated in member cities around the world:  2012 Rio de Janeiro, 2013 Zurich, 2014 Hong Kong, 2015 Washington DC and 2016 will be in Cape Town, between 6-8 April 2016.  Members connect several times a year: at the annual conference, regional meetings, at the annual International Bar Association conferences and via telephone conferences.
  • Membership of LAWorld is useful in helping to attract and retain high quality staff, as employee exchanges can be arranged with other LAWorld law firms around the globe.
  • An established Code of Practice adopted by all member firms Support of an English speaking administrative and marketing Executive Office with contacts around the world
  • Benefit from inclusion in a modern and technically sophisticated website with a website optimisation programme which has given LAWorld a top Google position for "international legal networks".
  • Participation in marketing and business development initiatives including:

- A website that provides an international legal profile for your firm

- introductions to referrer business organizations during each annual conference

- mutual education and support at conference with talks about local legal/business topics; practice development and marketing topics.

- members brochure

-members on-line blog

- LAWorld marketing material including website entry, newsletters, inclusion in the Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory, HG Org etc

- Business and Marketing Plan with several new initiatives to support our members

- Internal member news bulletins - keeping you in contact with members regularly

- English editing services for articles, websites etc.

- A younger lawyers network, which encourages the more junior lawyers in your firm to become actively involved in developing social and business relationships with other younger lawyers from around the world.

LAWorld News

The end of personal data transfers to the US under the Safe Harbour scheme

On 6 October, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared the Commission┬┤s US Safe Harbor Decision invalid. This has caused considerable complications for any company that relied on the Safe Harbor to, for example, transfer customer data to the United States or used cloud services whose providers have their servers in the US. 

Under the Safe Harbor scheme companies could freely transfer personal data form the European Union to companies and organizations that voluntarily followed privacy protection principles and were listed on the Safe Harbor List. Numerous companies, including Facebook, Google and MasterCard, relied on the Safe Harbor. The decision is a reaction to the revelations of Edward Snowden, who published information about the US security services┬┤ massive global monitoring of telephone and electronic communication.

CJEU based its decision on two facts in particular. First, the US law under which public authorities have general access to the content of electronic communications interferes with the fundamental right to privacy. Second, in the US there is no effective legal protection against such interference. 

In addition, CJEU stated that the existence of a Commission decision declaring that a third country ensures an adequate level of protection of personal data does not eliminate the power of national personal data protection authorities to independently examine whether data transfers to such third country are legal. In practice, this could lead to a disunited approach by national authorities with respect to personal data transfers to third counties. 

Mgr. Eva Bajakova, Junior Associate (eva.bajakova@randalegal.com)

Mgr. Matyas Kuzela, Senior Associate (matyas.kuzela@randalegal.com)

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Upcoming Events

Europe/Middle East Regional Meeting and Lawyers Next Generation (Budapest) from 5pm on Friday the 16th of September, 2016 to 5pm on Saturday the 17th of September, 2016

LAWorld Annual Conference (Cape Town) from 5pm on Tuesday the 5th of April, 2016 to 2pm on Friday the 8th of April, 2016

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