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TWO UK judges led a delegation of barristers to Vienna for talks on the future of Europe.

Mr Justice Laws and the Right Honourable Lord Justice Schiemann played a major part in Bar European Group's conference, which is being heralded as a major success by the group.

The annual conference, on the 17 and 18 May, followed earlier events in Prague and Seville.

It provided members of the English Bar with the opportunity to swap ideas with delegates from the Austrian legal profession. The topic for the conference was “Union without Frontiers”.

Laws, who is the group's president, and Schiemann both led discussions. Among the issues debated were the survival of national identity in the EU and European broadcasting rights.

Nicholas Paines, vice-chair of the group, said: “Thanks to the hospitality of our Austrian hosts and the efforts of our organising committee we have held another successful conference in an overseas venue.

“Members of the Bar participating in European law are continually looking abroad and we make every effort to discuss legal issues of common interest with colleagues overseas.”