Madgwicks is delighted to be hosting three Chinese lawyers visiting from the Shandong region of China.

The three visitors are among an elite delegation of 20 Chinese lawyers, as approved by the Shandong Government, to participate in a comprehensive three month program in Melbourne at the College of Law and Justice at Victoria University.

The program is aimed at providing the delegates with a thorough understanding of the legal system in Australia and includes court visits, legal English language skills training, studying the court system and judicial system in Australia, as well as various cultural visits and cultural workplace training.

At the end of the program, the Chinese lawyers undertake a two-week placement within a law firm to gain exposure and insights into Australian law firms and build trade relations.

The three lawyers visiting Madgwicks will undergo rotational placements to expose them to the firm’s core legal service areas including litigation, corporate and commercial, and property, as well as attending court and mediation sessions, client meetings, and various internal meetings and training.

“We are delighted to be supporting Victoria University and being a part of this unique initiative in collaboration with the Shandong region,” said Peter Kennedy, Partner.

“Furthermore, the collaboration presents a tremendous opportunity to forge relationships between our firm and the three visitors and their respective firms.”

Visiting delegate, Guo Feng li, Vice Chief Lawyer, from Shandong Runjie Law Firm in Qingdao, explained that Qingdao is the largest city in the Shandong province and fast becoming highly internationalised alongside such cities as Shanghai and Beijing.

“The Shandong Government is very progressive in its investment in the development of international collaborations and we are very excited to be invited to a high calibre firm such as Madgwicks, for our law firm placement,” said Guo Feng li.

“Madgwicks is a member of Meritas, the international network with more than 7000 lawyers from 175 law firms globally.  Like Armani clothing, a high quality, famous and identifiable brand, Meritas is a strong brand, with a very high ‘quality control’ process in place to carefully select and maintain its member firms.”

“We are very focused on developing relations with Madgwicks and expanding our networks, to be able to share information and provide specialised legal services to meet the growing demands of our clients in this hugely internationalised Qingdao city within the Shandong region,” confirmed Guo Feng li.

“The core aim is for all parties involved to develop ongoing networks and identify business opportunities going forward. We are very honoured to be able to give our visitors the chance to learn more about Australia’s legal system and culture, and we look forward to future collaborations between cities,” added Peter Kennedy.

Left to right: David Lee (Li You Qiang) from Shandong Yongsheng Law Firm; Guo Feng li from Shandong Runjie Law Firm; Madgwicks’ Partner, Peter Kennedy; and Diane Xu (Xu Chengying) from Shandong Hailever & Co. Law Firm.

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