Czech association marks new era

The British Czech and Slovak Law Association has appointed a new president and chair to take it into a “new kind of relationship” with the European republics.

At its annual general meeting this month, attended by the Czech and Slovak ambassadors together with their diplomatic staff, Professor Roy Goode and Stephen Rayner, of Rayner, De Wolfe, retired as president and chair.

They had held the roles since the association was formed in 1990.

The new president is Dr Adolf Hermann, a former legal correspondent on the Financial Times and an author specialising on English and Czech legal subjects. The chair is Allen & Overy associate Jan Grozdanovic.

In his final report Rayner told members he was “happy that the association is now embarking upon a new kind of relationship with our Czech and Slovak colleagues whose professions have matured and whose practices are now sophisticated. Mutuality as opposed to aid will now be the theme”.

Grozdanovic, who is believed to be the only English solicitor admitted to practise in the Czech Republic, says the relationship with Czech and Slovak lawyers is changing as their post-Communist legal professions continue to develop and become more sophisticated.

He says the association is planning a series of projects including an overseas conference, IBA scholarships and a joint seminar.