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Trainee on secondment: More about Brussels...
15 November 2017

Boyes Turner trainee Tamasin Dorosti is in Brussels on a secondment to the UK Law Societies' Joint Brussels Office as the third seat of her training contract, we have asked her to write a blog about her experience...

Life in Brussels

Well, we are nearly halfway through November, the Christmas adverts have started and we have just had a bank holiday weekend here in Brussels to mark Armistice Day. I combined watching the BBC service with viewing the march outside my apartment. It was nice to observe the celebrations back home and also see how another city celebrates the day. Here, the 11 November itself is marked as a bank holiday with many attractions and shops closed as a mark of remembrance.

Sunday generally is the perfect day to visit the local museums, so I spent the afternoon in the BELvue Museum which is a look through the history of Belgium, how it became a Federal state, the growth of its industries and economies and obviously its place in Europe. A lot to absorb!

Looking back on the past month or so, the office has been a hive of activity as we have been busy planning our ‘Brexit – Where & How to Enforce – Building Blocks for a new Dispute Settlement System’ seminar; our colleagues were making preparations for European Lawyers Day; and again I have been back to the UK for data protection and technology related events at the Law Society. We have also been given internal training from our policy adviser for justice about the different EU institutions and how they function.

One of my main tasks at the moment is the editing of the Brussels Agenda - the flagship publication of the office which goes out to 6000 members. The theme for my edition I chose back in September as gender and equality. Since then, we have been flooded both in the UK and Brussels with developments and initiatives on this topic such as #MeToo and Equal Pay Day so this is well timed and looks set to be a really relevant and topical edition.

We held our seminar at the European Parliament on ‘Brexit – Where & How to Enforce – Building Blocks for a new Dispute Settlement System’ on 8 November in conjunction with Richard Corbett, Labour Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire & Humber. We were privileged to have an esteemed panel of academics and lawyers join us for a lively discussion on which dispute settlement systems are appropriate for different areas of law, looking specifically at when the CJEU would be available to parties and if not, what the options would be. We had approximately 50 attendees which was great and it was nice to represent the office and see our colleagues in action!

I also attended the seminar on ‘“Track or Treat!" Behavioural targeting and online privacy’ which was part of the IAPP 2017 Europe Data Congress. The panellists discussed online tracking, digital advertising trends and compared the ePrivacy Regulation with the General Data Protection Regulation.

This week, I am heading back to the UK Law Society for a CCBE meeting of the UK Delegation and an annual staff meeting followed by the ‘Judgment Project’ event which is an evening seminar and discussion on the Hague Convention Judgments Project. This refers to the work undertaken by the Hague Conference on key aspects of private international law in cross-border litigation in civil and commercial matters.

I am also looking forward to spending a day catching up with my Boyes Turner colleagues back home and also meeting the new trainees for the first time!

Tamasin will be tweeting throughout her time in Brussels and you can follow the Boyes Turner trainees twitter feed here.

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