The aim of the virtual trade mission is to deepen relationships between legal professionals in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and the United Kingdom and will be hosted by the UK Ministry of Justice and Department for International Trade next month.
The “UK-Africa Collaboration and Opportunity in Legal Services” event will take place online, between December 1 and 3, featuring an expansive list of globally respected speakers. The purpose is to create opportunities for law firms to build and expand their global footprint and to do this as part of the UK Ministry of Justice’s Legal Services are GREAT campaign.
This initiative supports overseas business leaders and legal professionals with expert legal advice from UK and African lawyers via networking receptions, one-to-one meetings, conferences and knowledge-sharing workshops.
Delegates will hear a keynote speech from Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, Emma Wade Smith, and an opening panel session on the UK and Africa partnership in a post pandemic environment led by Andrew Skipper, Head of Hogan Lovells Africa practice.
Other highlights of the three-day programme will include sessions on Lawtech, dispute resolution, litigation, commercial law, intellectual property, data protection, energy, maritime law and more.
Africa Legal’s chief executive officer Scott Cowan said now more than ever it was imperative for global partners to reach out and reconnect, even if this meant coming together in the virtual space.
“Our world has changed and while we all dream of a time when we can sit around a real table again, events like this virtual trade mission are incredible opportunities to keep the human soul in our interactions.”
“The countries involved all have historical relationships with the UK. The time now is to look at how these relationships can be built on for future years. And, at the heart of this – the people writing the handbook for the way forward – are the lawyers.”
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