יורי גיא רון – ביקורה של לינה לי בישראל 1.11.2010

Good afternoon to all you respected colleagues

On behalf of the Israel Bar Association and myself, I would like to welcome the President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Mrs. Linda Lee, and the Head of International, Mrs. Alison Hook
Since I have begun my role as the President of the Israel Bar, I have attended few "Opening of Legal Year" in England, met the last Law Society and the Bar Council presidents and part of the professional team and central active members, and I was very impressed from the long and incredibly respected legal tradition in England. This is the first official visit of the presidency of the Law Society of England and Wales in Israel and as such, I don't take for granted this rather newly acquired warm relationship that exists between the Law Society of England and Wales and the Israel Bar. On the contrary, I know that all of us, jurists from England and Israel, will continue to invest efforts that will nourish the relationships between our associations
As for the topic of today, according to the law passed recently by the Knesset, the Israeli legislator, foreign lawyers who do not posses an Israeli advocacy license will be able to practice foreign law in Israel and establish branches of foreign law firms in Israel as soon as the Minister of Finance will install the needed regulation. The permitted practice is limited to providing legal opinion and counseling regarding the foreign laws which apply in the foreign country in which the lawyer is certified. It also allows drafting of legal documents which the foreign law applies on them, including the representation of a client in a negotiation towards such drafting of legal documents
I will let Adv. Orrin Perski elaborate on all the details of this amendment

Since our customary legal system is after all based on the English legal system, I would like to raise few points for Mrs. Lee to address
The opening of law firms' gates in England to ownership of shareholders, a process which have already begun in Australia
The regulatory change enabling solicitors to go into partnership with barristers (the Solicitors Regulation Authority changed the Solicitors Code of Conduct in March 2009 to allow solicitors to form legal disciplinary practices and permit up to 25% of partners to be non-lawyers. A month later, the Bar Standards Board followed)
The model set up in England, regarding an appointed critic to State Attorney. This critic serves as an independent authority and provides an annual report regarding the activation of the State Attorney

On a different note, it is impossible to grasp Israel in just few days. However, it is possible to feel, to taste, to smell, a bit of the Israeli public and social reality, and mainly to understand, what is especially true with respect to Israel, that things always look different when you look at them
Allow me to welcome you again, on behalf of the 46,000 Israeli lawyers going up to 60,000 in 3 years time within a population of less than 8 million people
A unique phenomenon in the world

I wish you a productive and interesting visit, and we are delighted to have you here with us