27 Oct, 2011

Law Society leads delegation to IBA in Dubai


The Law Society will lead a delegation of law firms to Dubai to coincide with the annual International Bar Association Conference.


As well as attending the IBA conference, the Society will lead the delegation on a parallel visit to the region to help explore business opportunities overseas.


Law Society president John Wotton (pictured) will be leading the delegation alongside the head of the International Department Julia Bateman. Delegates will take in Middle East regional legal and economic briefings, networking and seminars with regional business groups and will attend the Law Society’s evening reception following the opening of the IBA Conference.


John Wotton will also be the keynote speaker at a British Business Group Dubai breakfast, where he will discuss the Bribery Act and how it affects British businesses in Dubai.


John Wotton said: “The IBA Conference is a major event in the legal calendar, but there is also scope for the Society and the delegation to strengthen our links with the UAE through the regional programme we have arranged. The region remains a hive of economic activity and offers many opportunities for the UK legal services sector. What better time to emphasise the value our members can bring than during the IBA Conference?


“The Law Society is sharing a stand at the IBA Conference with UK Trade & Investment to promote English legal services and the profession. Joining up with UKTI illustrates the joined up effort in highlighting the value of legal services around the world.”


The Law Society has built strong links in the region, having previously led trade delegations there. The Society also runs a Law Society Gulf lawyers training programme in Dubai. The programme, now in its fourth year, is delivered in partnership with one of the UK’s leading legal training institutes, the College of Law.


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