General legal counsel of the state enterprise visited Zhong Yin Law Firm
The seminar “Zhong Yin Law Firm’s 2017
Third Business Training Session – Discussing Legal Practice with the General
Legal Counsel of State Enterprise” was held in Beijing on 6 June 2017. Mr Zhou
Litao, the general legal counsel of China National Coal Group Corporation, was
invited as the guest speaker, and the seminar was moderated by Mr Chen Hao of
Zhong Yin Law Firm.
Mr Zhou offered detailed insights into the
legal issues relating to state enterprises, such as their classifications, the
responsibilities of their legal affairs staff and the standards with which they
choose law firms. He also gave some recommendations on how lawyers can serve
state enterprises better and how law firms can increase their competitiveness
in the market. He stated that state enterprises will focus on assessing some
key criteria in the process of selecting law firms, including the firm’s scale,
performance, management model and professional competence. Those which have
previously collaborated with enterprises in major investment projects and
litigation cases would surely be of advantage amongst other competitors.
Mr Chen also shared his reflections upon
practising as a lawyer with fellow participants. He mentioned that if a law
firm wants to raise its competitiveness in the market, not only must it improve
the professional skills of its lawyers, but also operate a reasonable division
of labour, so that the firm can be market-focused whilst enhancing the
utilisation and integration of resources.
Lawyers of our firm had had fruitful discussion
with the two guests on some key issues, such as specialised reform,
transformation of law firms, and the ways of strengthening cooperation with
state enterprises. The participants all agreed that the seminar had broaden
their horizons whilst making clear the future development plans of the firm,
and hope that the firm can hold such training seminars regularly.
Firm Director Mr Li Ju mentioned in the
seminar that the firm will further strengthen internal cooperation and
integration process management. It is hoped that the professional competence of
our lawyers will be enhanced through sharing and exchanges with well-known
experts and peers in the industry, and the firm’s competitiveness in the
industry will be increased by closely linking deep-thinking and specialisation,
which shall refine the internal structure and management of the firm.