Group for former Soviet states

LAWYERS interested in Central Asia and Transcaucasia (Georgia and Azerbaijan) are being encouraged to join a new association.

Around 30 lawyers attended a meeting at the Law Society last month and a draft constitution is being circulated.

Law Society international relations manager, Babette Brown, says: “Most of the countries still have Soviet-style collectives of lawyers and few people trained to deal with commercial matters.

“Voluntary organisations like ours are trying to bridge the gap during a difficult period of transition. We hope to attract lawyers with cultural as well as commercial interests in the area.”

The Central Asia and Transcaucasia Law Association will be based on the existing British Law Association for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The new association will not cover Armenia, which is catered for by the British Armenian Lawyers' Association.