The conference began with welcome drinks and pre-registration on Thursday evening, which was the perfect opportunity for new YGL members to introduce themselves and talk with more experienced members of the organization. Lectures were held in Biblioteca Pública Municipal Eugenio Trías, a building located in the beautiful Retiro Park. Ana Romero, President of PEOPIL, in her welcoming and highly motivating speech, addressed, among other things, about the topic of the war in Ukraine and encouraged us to get involved in providing legal assistance to refugees.
Chaired by Tibor Pataky, the first panel discussion proved to be extremely interesting. Camille Perrier (France), Klára Dvoraková (Czech Republic) and Carin Hunt (England) compared relevant regulations on legal costs in different jurisdictions. Later, Esther Abellan from BCV Lex Abogados/Avocats, Spain, France presented on Castor case. The young lawyer from Spain represents 124 victims of earthquakes caused by the Castor gas storage facilities located in the Mediterranean Sea. The presentation was followed by a number of questions from the delegates.
Equally interesting was a presentation delivered by Gabriela Lenarczyk from the BFP law firm, who introduced the conference participants to the latest EU Regulations on medical devices and their impact on product liability.
Traditionally, after the substantive part of the conference, it was time for a networking event, aimed at integration and strengthening the bonds between young lawyers. Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions in Madrid, boating across the lake had to be cancelled. Instead, thedelegates took the opportunity to relax before dinner.
The conference ended with a dinner, during which delegates could taste traditional Spanish cuisine and discuss their specialisations and expertise with new foreign colleagues.
Participation in the PEOPIL Young Lawyers Group conference was not only a great opportunity to learn, exchange information and experiences, but also to present ourselves and our law firm, discuss and acknowledge, that we, the new generation, have a real impact on current events in the world and a part in shaping the future of personal injury law.