From 14 to 15 May 2021, the Fifth China Lawyer Development Forum and 2021-Guike Annual Conference was held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, co-organised by the Lawyer Research Center of China University of Political Science and Law, Faxuan Online and Yinghe Law Firm.
As an annual grand event in legal service industry of China, and coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of Law of the People’s Republic of China on Lawyers. This forum attracted leaders from relevant judicial departments, bar associations and more than 4,000 law firm leaders to attend and discuss topics such as ‘me and our legal profession’, ‘me and our Law on Lawyers’, ‘me and my life as a lawyer’, ‘me and my law firm development’, ‘me and my professionalism as a lawyer’, ‘me and my law firm’, ‘me and the history of the development of our lawyer system’, I and our law firm's marketing, ‘me and our law firm's technology" and so on.
In the opening speech of the forum, Wang Jinxi, director of the Lawyer Research Center of China University of Political Science and Law and the director of the Institute of Legal Professional Ethics of the Law School, said, "This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Party and the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of Law of the People’s Republic of China on Lawyers, and it is of great significance to hold this forum. The rule of law is an important support for the national governance system and governance capacity, and as participants and contributors to the construction of socialist rule of law, lawyers should, while pursuing fairness and justice, integrate the family sentiment of achieving the great rejuvenation of the nation, continue to contribute our strength, wisdom and talent, and forge ahead in the construction of China under the rule of law."
In his speech, Chen Baishun, the legal application branch director of China Democracy and Law Publishing House and vice chairman and president of Beijing Faxuan Online Technology Co., Ltd., pointed out that "the sustainable development of the lawyer industry relies on the expansion of business areas and the improvement of professional level, and also depends on tapping the users' demand for legal services. At present, China is in a critical period of social transformation, and various social conflicts are constantly emerging. Only by identifying the needs of all parties and safeguarding the rights of individuals and enterprises can the lawyer industry achieve sustainable development and win-win situation for all parties."
In his speech, Sun Zaichen, founding partner and head of the headquarters of Yinghe Law Firm, said, "The lawyer industry’s use of new technologies such as the Internet, innovative exploration of the organization of lawyers, the professionalization and professionalization of lawyers, the training of lawyers’ management talents, the development and promotion of legal service products, and the improvement of international vision and international service capabilities will create the next big development of China's lawyer industry. In the future, Chinese law firms may take legal services as their core and build an ecosystem of organizations including technology companies, law schools, online platforms, and legal research centers, and become a new species. Under such a trend, cross-law firm cooperation, cross-platform cooperation, and cross-industry cooperation have become the inevitable way, and it will shine with majestic vitality, spurring the rapid development of my country's legal service industry. "
In recent years, profound changes in the international and domestic circumstance have brought tremendous development opportunities and serious challenges to the China's lawyer industry. In the keynote speech and dialogue sessions, Tian Wenchang, founder of King&Capital L Law Firm, Qian Liyang, director of Zihua Law Firm, Zhu Shuying, founder of Jianwei Law Firm, Li Chun, Co-founder of Grandall Law Firm, Xu Jiali, founder of Longan Law Firm, Mei Xiangrong, director of Yingke Law Firm, Jiang Fengtao, director of Hengdu Law Firm, Tian Tingfeng, director of Sunhold Law Firm, Wang Zongqi, director of Mingju Law Firm, Jiang Qi, managing Partner of DHH Law Firm, and Zeng Wenzhong, director of Yingling Heshi Law Firm, discussed the development trends of the industry from multiple perspectives and dimensions， theoretical and practical perspectives, and offered advice and suggestions for empowering the growth of lawyers and providing suggestions for promoting the progress of the lawyer industry.
It is worth mentioning that, as a prelude to this forum, "Western Dialogue's Industry Summit Forum Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Lawyers Law" was held on May 14. Mr. Law, Lvxin News Agency, Luman Lawyer Brand Organization, Hualv Net, Fachan, Court Cube, Law Angel-China Contract Database, Yinghe Law Firm and other industry pioneer companies and organizations uphold the spirit of the Internet, specifically referring to "openness , equality, collaboration, Sharing”, and solemnly released the “Chengdu Declaration”. At the node where the new and old orders are parallel and alternate, they anchor the technological empowerment and future development of the industry.
During the two-day conference, the heads of domestic law firms, renowned scholars, star lawyers and other guests gathered together, creating a rich atmosphere of interconnection, mutual learning and cooperation in the industry. The results of the conference have provided valuable guidance for the in-depth and sustainable development of China's lawyer industry and contributed to the construction of China's rule of law by the group of lawyers.
Wang Jinxi, director of the Lawyers Research Center of China University of Political Science and Law, director of the Institute of Legal Professional Ethics of the School of Law