FAQ

What is included in the registration fee?
The registration fee includes all MCLE sessions and materials, transportation to/from courts and event venues (Monday-Friday), Sunday evening reception/orientation, group lunches (Monday-Friday), and Gala Dinner on Friday evening. Travel to/from London and your hotel accommodations are NOT included in the registration fee.

London Weather in May
London experiences defined seasons which affect temperatures and weather. May is a very pleasant month to visit London, when the weather is mild and the flowers are blooming. The average high temperature in May is 55°F (13°C), with an average low temperature at 41°F (5°C). When traveling to London, it is always wise to be prepared for the possibility of rain. We recommend dressing in layers and carrying rainwear or an umbrella.

What to Wear in London
Monday-Friday in Court: Proper decorum is mandatory at all times. We are the special guests of The Right Honourable Lord Chief Justice Sir John Thomas, and the President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. When we attend court sessions, we often sit where only barristers are normally permitted. Although we are not required to wear wigs and robes, we are required to be dressed in conservative business attire. Men should wear dark suits and neckties. Ladies should wear dark suits, jackets with either skirts or slacks, and blouses. Since we will be doing some walking, you should wear comfortable walking shoes during the day; however, sneakers are inappropriate.

Friday’s Gala Event at the Houses of Parliament: This is our “formal” evening and you will want to plan accordingly. Ladies should wear cocktail attire and gentlemen should plan on a suit and tie. Black tie is not required. Ladies: please note that the floors in the Houses of Parliament can be smooth and uneven. You may want to take this into consideration when selecting your heels for the evening.

Customs and Immigration
Before you arrive...make sure you have the appropriate identification and the correct visa before you get here:

Passports
Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in the UK. U.S. citizens may not leave the country if their passport is due to expire within the next six months.

Visas
As a short-term business visitor and U.S. citizen, most participants of A Week in Legal London will not need a UK visa. If you are unsure of the visa requirements for your circumstances, please visit the UK Visa website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration.

The U.S. State Department encourages all U.S. citizens traveling abroad to register. Please visit the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website at: https://step.state.gov/step/. Registrations will make your presence and whereabouts known in case it is necessary to contact you in an emergency and will enable you to receive up-to-date information on security conditions.

The U.S. Embassy in the United Kingdom is located at 24 Grosvenor Square, W1A 1AE, London (tel. [44] (0)20 7499-9000). The U.S. also maintains Consulate Generals in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Adaptors and Converter Plugs for Electrical Appliances
The electrical supply in London is 240V AC and plugs have three square pins. An adapter plug and converter are needed for appliances with any other formats. Be sure to bring an adapter plug and converter with you. Most hotels have two-pronged, European-style sockets for shavers in the bathroom.

Mobile Phones
Most dual and tri band mobile phones with GSM 900 or 1800 will work in Britain. Before you leave for A Week in Legal London, check with your mobile provider that the roaming function is activated on your phone. Many cell phone companies in London can sell you an inexpensive “pay-as-you-go” cell phone with a London phone number. You can add value to your phone by “topping-up” at newsstands and shops throughout the City.

Helpful Travel Websites

British Tourist Authority
www.visitbritain.com

UK Travel Guides
www.ukguide.org
www.londontown.com
www.visitlondon.com

Heathrow Express Train
www.heathrowexpress.com

Gatwick Express Train
www.gatwickexpress.com

London Public Transportation
www.tfl.gov.uk

National Rail
www.nationalrail.co.uk