FICL hosted a High Tea Reception on 06 September 2022 in honour of Ms Stephanie Boyce, President and Mr Mickael Laurans, Head of International, The Law Society of England and Wales, on their maiden visit to India.
FICL's Patron Shri PK Malhotra felicitated Stephanie Boyce, President and Dr Ashok Sharma, along with other GCs, welcomed Mickael Laurans.
The eminent peopple present at the Reception were Shri PK Malhotra, Shri Rajesh Jha (Reckitt Benckiser), HS Rajpal - (Indian Oil Corporation Limited), Rajbeer S. Sachdeva- (J.K. Organisation), Govind Vijay-(HT Media), MM Sharma (STC), Roopa Loomba-(Rolls-Royce), Urmi Tat (British HC), Mohd Areeb Imam (Revoult), Tarun Nangia (News X), JP Sengh, Sr. Advocate, AK Sinha (SAIL), SB Mathur (SAIL), Surup Ray Chaudhari (IHCL) and Naveen Batra (IHCL).
Dr Ashok Sharma made a welcome address welcoming The Law Society Delegation and briefly touched upon old association with The Law Society and present activities of FICL.
After that, Stephanie Boyce gave her address and highlighted the role of The Law Society in securing access to justice, various initiatives taken by The Law Society, etc.
Stephanie Boyce is the 177th person, the sixth female, the first Black office holder, the first person of colour and the second in-house solicitor in almost 50 years to become president of the Law Society of England and Wales.
In 2020 Boyce was voted on to the Governance Hot 100 - Board Influencer and made the Power List 100 Most Influential Black People in the UK in 2021 and 2022. She is the joint winner of the 2022 Burberry British Diversity Awards-Inspirational Role Model of the Year. An Honorary Professor of Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.
Mickael Laurans explained the role of the International Department at the Law Society and elaborated on how the opening of the Indian legal market will benefit the legal professionals both in India and UK.
Mickael Laurans, before his current position as head of the international department, worked as head of the Law Societies' Brussels Office since April 2012.
He spent nine years as policy manager in the international department of the Law Society of England and Wales in London, where he worked on international trade issues and the EU internal market in legal services.
Thereafter, discussions on wide-ranging subjects took place amongst the visiting delegation and GCs present, which was followed up by High Tea, and vibrant interaction continued.