21 Mar, 2012

Leeds Legal welcomed a delegation of Mexican lawyers to Leeds on Thursday 15th March, reinforcing the city’s status as the UK’s largest centre for legal services outside of London.


The lawyers were part of a multi-sector business and academic mission taking part in Mexico Week in the UK, a project aimed at promoting trade and investment between Mexico and the UK. Leeds was the only city to be visited outside of the capital.


Leeds Legal hosted a welcome briefing at DLA Piper in Leeds, followed by a law fair style networking event, where delegates learnt more about the Leeds legal market and about sourcing legal services from UK lawyers. Participating Leeds law firms were; DLA Piper, Squire Sanders, Pinsent Masons, DWF, Clarion, Lupton Fawcett, The Needle Partnership, Virtuoso Legal and Shulmans.  The delegates also visited the Law School at Leeds Metropolitan University, where they were given a talk about how lawyers in the UK are trained.


The leader of the delegation, David Jiménez, Partner at Jiménez Romero y Asociados, said: “We were delighted to be invited to Leeds. This was my first time in the city and I was truly overwhelmed with what it has to offer, both in terms of the excellent financial, business and legal services but also the quality of life. The visit provided a fantastic platform for us to network with top UK law firms, build strategic alliances and explore potential business opportunities.”


Antonio Guillen, Foreign Property Associate at DWF, commented on the visit: “It presented a real opportunity to make contacts and share expertise. These days clients are becoming more sophisticated, having multiple properties throughout Europe so the ability to provide quality advice beyond the UK is paramount.”


The visit came about as a result of relationships with Pro Mexico and with Yves Hayaux, Head of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in London. Leeds Legal is the only city-based legal sector marketing campaign in the country and was instrumental in securing the visit to Leeds, along with UKTI and Marketing Leeds.


The delegation was joined by Adriana Speight, one of the first Mexican Lawyers to qualify to practice law in the UK via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).  Adriana, who studied at BPP law school in Leeds, secured an offer of employment at The Needle Partnership as a result of attending the Leeds Legal networking event.


Adriana says; “I attended Mexico Week in the UK as the Leeds delegate of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain. Leeds is an exciting city full of opportunities surrounded by a green paradise. In comparison to working in Mexico City, Leeds offers a more balanced lifestyle, yet it has the same variety of legal work. The event was a great networking opportunity to build what I believe will be a fruitful relationship between the Mexican and Leeds legal sectors.”


Rosemary Edwards, director of Leeds Legal, concludes; “This was a high calibre delegation, with whom we identified many synergies and opportunities and we’ve made excellent progress in communicating the messages about the world-class legal advice our city’s firms provide and the benefits of Leeds as the largest legal centre outside of London.”

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