Mission Statement

The Legal Focus Group will provide a forum for members of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai to discuss new legal developments in the PRC and UK. We will cover a wide range of areas of PRC/ UK related legal issues, such as foreign direct investment law, company law, intellectual property law, employment law, M&A, competition law, corruption and compliance, international arbitration, banking and finance, etc.

The Group will hold a range of events including seminars, panel discussions and networking activities, combined with other British Chamber committees in both Shanghai and Beijing. These will contain presentations by members, with prominent industry figures and officials also invited to attend.

The Group comprises around a dozen legal professionals, including lawyers, in-house counsel and consultants. We aim to develop a network of people interested in the legal industry in China to share expertise and best practice regarding specific legislation and practical issues when undertaking business in China.

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Focus Group Members

Co-Chair: Alex Roberts, Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP
Co-Chair: Richard Bell, Partner, Clyde & Co
Acting Vice Chair: Phil Roebuck, Executive Director, The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai

Janet Qu, Head of Legal, IMI China
Edward Epstein, Managing Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
Gavin Guo, Senior Associate, Mayer Brown JSM
Clement Ngai, Partner, Baker & McKenzie Shanghai
Becky Xia, Partner, Fragomen
William Soileau, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons LLP
Helen Tang, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
John Xu, Partner, Linklaters LLP
Nik Guan, Contracts and Legals Manager, AVEVA Solutions (Shanghai) Co., Ltd

Chamber Executive Committee Sponsor: John Edwards, British Consul-General, British Consulate-General Shanghai

Chamber Office Facilitator: Jun Wang

If you would like to apply for the Legal Focus Group member, please send a brief introduction and motivation for joining to Jun Wang at

If you would like to recommend an event, or find more details about this Focus Group, please also contact Chamber Staff Jun Wang, or join our LinkedIn Group

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