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Lawyers urged to embrace business opportunities at 150,000 delegate event

2 April 2014

The Law Society is encouraging lawyers to take part in the UK's biggest business festival - an unrivalled opportunity to connect UK businesses into international markets.

The Law Society will be running 10 events at the International Festival for Business (IFB) 2014. The festival takes place in Liverpool over seven weeks in June and July and will attract 150,000 business delegates and trade intermediaries from around the world.

Lawyers who attend the festival will get the chance to meet potential customers, suppliers and investors, as well as meet with international trade delegations and buyers.

The Law Society will be based on the trading floor of the IFB hub and solicitors will be able to broker contacts with domestic and global businesses, based on the details they provide when registering for the festival.

Law Society president Nicholas Fluck said:

'The International Festival for Business is an opportunity to showcase our legal sector and promote England and Wales as the jurisdiction of choice internationally.

'The Law Society/Legal Monitor City legal deal index launched earlier this week confirmed that the UK economy is recovering after the downturn. The legal services industry is worth over £20bn every year to the UK economy and our global trade in legal services is the biggest in Europe.

'Lawyers will play an essential part in facilitating the £100 million in foreign direct investment the festival aims to generate between now and 2020, making now a good time for solicitors to join our International Division, which helps small and large firms develop their business in the global marketplace.'

The Law Society's free programme of events will appeal to the business community, sector-specific businesses, regional and national government and the legal community. Some of the events are CPD-accredited.

Notes to editors

The Law Society events are:

  • The single market - looking back and looking forward
  • Business ethics, human rights and rule of law
  • 21st century legal technology
  • Welcome to Liverpool: options for foreign law firms and lawyers in England and Wales
  • Red tape and business interference - guiding SMEs through the maze
  • Negotiating a changing world
  • Rule of law and business - anti-bribery and corruption: a global perspective
  • Why is the path to partnership increasingly unappealing for women?
  • International developments in the field of ADR

Dates and booking information for these events

More information about our International Division, which solicitors in England and Wales can join for free.