Trade mission to promote UK legal services in the Middle East

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  • Mission to highlight the country’s legal services on the international scene
  • Expected to bring in £750,000 in new business for the sector
  • First commercial mission of this scale

Set up by the Department of Justice, it includes a delegation of 28 industry leaders – ranging from the President of the Law Society and the Chairman of the Bar Council to specialists from LawTech. They will showcase the excellence of the UK legal sector and highlight the strength of English law – seeking to seize opportunities for export growth in countries such as the UAE, Qatar and Israel.

Additionally, a Legal Services Day will take place at the UK Pavilion at EXPO Dubai on Wednesday 24 November. It will bring together 90 legal experts from the Middle East with their British counterparts – for the first time on this scale – to help boost exchanges between the two regions.

The mission was organized as part of the UK’s international brand marketing campaign, GREAT, to promote the best of the UK abroad. It is expected to generate over £750,000 in new business for UK law firms, chambers and LawTech companies.

Justice Minister Lord Wolfson QC said:

This trade mission will build on our efforts to forge international partnerships to increase trade for the legal services industry, while showcasing the exceptional legal talent we have to offer.

Legal services contribute £22billion to the UK economy and will be key to ensuring we build back better after the global pandemic.

Lord Wolfson will also meet senior justice counterparts during a visit to Israel and Qatar to discuss private international law and LawTech and reinforce the place of English law at the heart of international disputes.

It follows the launch of a 14-week consultation by the Department for International Trade to gather views on a far-reaching trade deal between the UK and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that will boost trade and strengthen the UK’s relationship with a strategically important country. Region.

Last year, GCC – which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – spent £233m on legal services in the UK, making it the one of the most lucrative areas for legal professionals wishing to export their expertise.

This trade mission builds on wider government efforts to boost trade with the region, supporting Britain’s global agenda. It follows the Joint UK-GCC Trade and Investment Review, which confirmed that the UK and GCC economies complement each other to a large extent and that there are large opportunities for collaboration and growth.

Notes to Editors

Below is a list of delegates who will join the trade mission. They all self-finance the trip:

  • Malcolm Bishop QC, Solicitor, 3 Hare Court
  • Khadija Leuenberger, lawyer, 36 Stone
  • Simon Astill, Lawyer, 3PB
  • Saima Hanif QC, lawyer, 3VB
  • Sharif Shivji QC and Alexander Cook, Solicitor, 4 Stone
  • Alexander Cook, Sharif Shivji QC, lawyer
  • Ben Rigby, Legal Journalist, Abitra
  • Andrew Johnson, Partner and Regional Head, Addleshaw Goddard
  • Yacine Francis, Partner, Allen & Overy
  • David Charlier, Partner and Area Manager, Ashurst
  • David Barnes, Attorney, Atkin Chambers
  • David Howorth, Director (Legal Technology), Avvoka
  • Peter Smith, Senior Partner, Charles Russell Speechley
  • Alastair Young, Managing Partner, Dentons
  • Edward Braham, Partner, Freshfields
  • Stuart Paterson Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Sam Karim QC, Lawyer, Kings Chambers
  • Robert Marcus, Lawtech, Legal Utopia
  • David Russell QC, Solicitor, Outer Temple
  • Tina Blazquez-Lopez, Head of Energy and Infrastructure, MENA, Simmons & Simmons
  • Professor Mark Watson-Gandy, Barrister, Three Stone
  • Sara Masters QC, Solicitor, Twenty Essex
  • Dr Hakeem Seriki, Solicitor, STEPTOE & JOHNSON UK LLP
  • Naveen Agnihotri, Lawyer, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square
  • I Stephanie Boyce, President, The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Derek Sweeting QC, Chairman, The Bar Council of England and Wales
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