22 May, 2012

This year saw Leeds Legal welcome a delegation of Mexican lawyers to Leeds as part of its initiative to reinforce the city’s status as the UK’s largest centre for legal services outside of London.


The one day visit was part of a multi-sector business and academic mission organised by Marketing Leeds and UKTI Yorkshire and Humber to celebrate the 90th birthday of the British Chamber of Commerce in Mexico.


Leeds Legal hosted a welcome briefing for the lawyers at DLA Piper in Leeds, followed by a networking event where delegates learnt more about the Leeds legal market and about sourcing services from UK lawyers.  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.


Since the visit the President of the Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Antonio Mayer, has expressed to Leeds Legal his eagerness to return with a further delegation.


Antonio Mayer, said: “Our participants achieved many of their aims in Leeds through the programme which Leeds Legal kindly arranged for us.  We received nothing but positive feedback from the delegates and I consider Mexico Week 2012 to have been a great success. Given this we would be delighted to return next year and it would be my pleasure to welcome Leeds Legal and Leeds lawyers to Mexico City.”


Yves Hayaux, from top international law firm Nadal, Hayaux & Gobel, said: “Leeds was the highlight of our mission to the UK and in particular we found the legal programme the most interesting. This is only the beginning of our work together and I hope there will be many more success stories still to come.”


Alan Baker, chairman of Leeds Legal commented: “We were thrilled by the positive reaction of Antonio and the Mexican lawyers and are already planning their return visit for 2013, which we anticipate would be an extended two day event.   We are also hoping to attend British week in Mexico next year further developing our strong relationships, strategic alliances and potential business opportunities.”


Picture: Mexico Legal Delegation with Leeds Legal representatives Deborah green (fourth from left) and Rosemary Edwards (fourth from right).

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