Profession of company lawyers in Europe
IndependenceDuring more than a year ECLA has been in the process of composing a White Paper on the Independence of the company lawyer, containing contributions of well over 50 authors, both from ECLA members and from outside, originating from some 30 countries.
The White Paper named Company Lawyers: Independent by Design has been co-edited by former ECLA President Philippe Coen and Prof. Christophe Roquilly. The White Paper has been officially presented to the ECLA General Assembly held in Tallinn on 30 May 2014.
Thereafter the White Paper has been presented to various ECLA members and other legal organizations, i.a. in Brussels, Paris, Madrid, and The Hague (capital of the Legal World). This will continue in 2015.
On 31 March 2017 ECLA had its Annual General Assembly in Rome, where the national association AIGI acted as an excellent host. The agenda of the meeting contained its usual topics, such as the annual accounts, communication, etc. There was also an intensive discussion on the goals, aspirations and future of ECLA, for which the new President Jonathan Marsh earlier made an appeal to the national associations. The outcome of the discussions, which took place in workgroups, will form a solid basis for further discussions later in the year. Stephan Barthe (Spain) was elected as new secretary of the Executive Board. The topic of young lawyers in AIGI was presented by a young member of AIGI, followed by an interesting discussion.