The South China Sea has been the scene of geopolitical rivalry and tension over recent years, and this has attracted much media attention. Less mainstream focus has been on international legal issues arising in the area, including in relation to territorial and maritime claims, as well as the rights to freedom of navigation through these waters.
Download the full briefing paper here, which includes details of territorial and maritime claims, freedom of navigation and key lessons.
Doing business in the dynamic economies of Asia is critical for companies of all shapes and sizes. This looks set to increase as economies open up to greater trade and investment as a result of new trade deals. However, serious challenges can arise if foreign staff run into difficulties with the local legal system, especially if they are arrested or detained. These issues can arise either during a fleeting business trip of only a few days, or during more extended stays. In this briefing paper, Lexbridge looks at the international legal regime for providing consular assistance in these situations, and some important cases that have arisen in recent times in Asia.
Download the full briefing paper here, which includes details of the applicable international legal framework, recent cases and key lessons.
Lexbridge Lawyers is proud to announce their appointment to the Australian Government’s Whole of Government Legal Services Panel. Inclusion on the panel means Lexbridge, among others, will be providing the bulk of the Australian Government’s external legal services until 2024. The firm will use its considerable expertise to lend short to medium term legal support services to Australian Government agencies in need of external assistance. “This is an exciting time for the firm,” says Lexbridge partner, Damien van der Toorn. “Lexbridge is thrilled to be able to expand our services into new areas, and to forge relationships with new clients. It’s a big step forward.”
Lexbridge is pleased to announce that Richard Rowe PSM will be joining Lexbridge as Special Counsel. Richard is a highly distinguished international lawyer with decades of experience in international law and diplomacy – including as former Senior International Law adviser to the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As a former Ambassador, he brings a wealth of skills in diplomacy, stakeholder engagement, negotiation and communication – with particular skills in treaty negotiation, multilateral and bilateral diplomacy, and effective navigation of government processes. We are delighted to welcome Richard to Lexbridge.