Grayling unveils plan for first UK Global Law Summit


King John signs the Magna Carta: London celebration 800 years later

The first ever UK Global Law Summit – an event bringing together the government, legal professional bodies and business – will take place in 2015, justice secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

Taking place in London in February 2015 – the year of Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary – the summit’s aim is to champion the UK as global leader in legal services and as the destination of choice for global business in the 21st century.

It is described as an “independent legal business conference” founded by the Ministry of Justice, the City of London Corporation, the Bar Council and the Law Society.

Its steering group is chaired by Allen & Overy partner Sir David Wootton – a former Lord Mayor of London – and Henry Bellingham MP, a barrister who held the shadow justice brief before the last election and then had two years as a minister in the Foreign Office.

The summit is being managed by an executive team led by director Julia Bateman – who is also head of international at the Law Society – and the Bar Council’s head of communications Toby Craig, who will have the same role for the event.

Other partners for the summit are the Corporation of London, UK Trade and Investment, the British Council, the City of London Law Society, the Law Society of Scotland and the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

Mr Grayling said: “The Global Law Summit 2015 will be a world-class conference showcasing the UK’s unrivalled legal expertise, based on a long history of freedom and justice.

“I am determined to help UK law firms and lawyers succeed in the global race and develop the business opportunities created by their world-class reputation.

“We will be working with legal professional bodies and business to champion one of the UK’s greatest exports, our legal system. The summit will also mark 800 years of the Magna Carta, a tradition that still provides the foundation for the best commercial and legal environment for business to flourish.”




Leave a Comment

By clicking Submit you consent to Legal Futures storing your personal data and confirm you have read our Privacy Policy and section 5 of our Terms & Conditions which deals with user-generated content. All comments will be moderated before posting.

Required fields are marked *
Email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Reports

No larger firm can ignore the demands of innovation – that was the clear message from our most recent roundtable: “The law firm of the future”, sponsored by LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions. It comes in many forms, predominantly but not just technology, and is not simply a case of automating process. Expertise and process are not mutually exclusive.

Blog

15 July 2019

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Solicitors

In 1989, Stephen Covey published the famous self-help book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Deemed a masterpiece by many, this book remains very relevant today. So how to apply it to solicitors?

Read More

Loading animation