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LAWYERS interested in the expanding markets of the former Soviet Union have taken a further step in setting up a new association.
The Central Asia and Trans-caucasia Law Association is
the latest in a chain of legal associations now covering Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
The group covers Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (Central Asia) and Georgia and Azerbaijan (Transcaucasia).
Members have adopted a constitution, paving the way for a programme of study visits and contacts with the lawyers and government departments in each country.
Newly-elected chair Tim Unmack, a partner at commercial firm Beaumont and Son, says: "The purpose of the association is both to encourage the development of the legal profession in each country and to forge links with British lawyers.
"Banking, insurance, finance and intellectual property on the one hand and legal education and human rights on the other are areas we are likely to be most concerned with."
Candidates from the region will be chosen for specialist training and placements in the UK.