Bristol-based law firm Osborne Clarke has announced that it has brought Shanghai-based Zhang Yu & Partners into its international network, becoming the latest UK firm to establish a presence in mainland China. 

The announcement serves as a further signal that law firms will continue to globalise even if law remains the province of the nation state, enforced by courts and police within borders, with international law remaining weak by comparison. The move is also a further indication of the strength of demand for British professional services from developing world nations, particularly among fast-growth East Asian nations such as China, South Korea, and Singapore.

Will Brexit lead to a further boom for British service industry exports? And will the globalisation of law one day facilitate the strengthening of international law and perhaps the usurping of national law as the level of highest jurisdiction?