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Global Legal Centre campaign shows why business chooses England and Wales

28 September 2017

Key figures from global business today threw their weight behind a video campaign by the Law Society to promote England and Wales as the go-to legal destination if you want to do an international deal.

Senior figures from Roche, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Hinduja Group, partners from law firms Morrison and Foerster, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Freshfields and more, have all spoken in a new set of promotional films talking about why, despite Brexit, this jurisdiction continues to flourish and grow.

Marie-Anne Birken, EBRD general counsel, said: "When the law of England and Wales is used there is a predictability as to what the terms of the contract mean and of how they can be enforced when there's a dispute."

While Funke Abimbola, the general counsel at Roche said: "We have a really well established legal system here - it goes back for centuries. There's tremendous heritage there."

Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, legal president of the Hinduja Group, said: "You've got a so-called 'deadly combination' of very strong sustainable, enforceable, predictable English law with a fair, independent judiciary giving good judgments based on judicial precedents."

Law Society president Joe Egan added: "People from across the world choose this jurisdiction as the international law for contracts, as the forum for settling disputes and as the preferred location for arbitration.

"They do so because of our legal system, the common sense approach of our judiciary and because of the wealth of expertise on tap here. We're delighted to launch these videos promoting England and Wales as a Global Legal Centre and the jurisdiction of choice."

Notes to editors

Watch the videos on YouTube.

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