Bar to show its strength on international stage

18 February 2015

The Bar will have the chance to flex its global muscles at the Global Law Summit (GLS) in London next week with 29 chambers taking part in the event, which will see legal chiefs and business leaders from across the world link up.

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England & Wales, said the GLS, which runs from February 23-25 at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre,would not only give chambers and four Specialist Bar Associations (COMBAR, ChBA, Tecbar and Criminal Bar Association) taking part a rich conference programme focused on the rule of law and the global economy, but will also provide opportunities to make new business contacts.

Alistair MacDonald QC, chairman of the Bar, said: "Parts of the Bar have a very international outlook. Delegates attending the summit are coming from all over the world. The fact this is on our doorstep in London is an added bonus for those members of the Bar looking to develop stronger ties with potential overseas clients.

"The programme is rich in content and despite the commercial context of the summit, tough issues such as the cost of ensuring the rule of law and judicial review - both current topics today in the UK - make this summit relevant for all, whether in privately or publicly funded practice.

"It's also a chance for the Bar to show its strength and cement its standing on the international stage."

The Bar Council will host a number of sessions at the Summit, with high-profile speakers including:

  • Whose responsibility is it to maintain the Rule of Law? - 23 February 1.20pm-2.20pm
  • Sanctions and the Rule of Law - 24 February 4.55pm-5.55pm
  • Judicial review: getting the balance right - 25 February 9.30am-10.30am

More than 1300 delegates are now expected to attend the GLS from more than 105 countries, including 40 attorneys general and 61 Ministers of Justice. A total of 39 barristers have speaking slots at the event.

A wide range of speakers from across the world's legal and business communities will be taking part in the Summit, as well as Boris Johnson, current Mayor of London; and Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma (Myanmar).

View the full Global Law Summit programme here


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