Global Law Summit

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About The Event

The Global Law Summit, Britain’s first event organised to highlight London’s pre-eminence as a global legal centre, has come to an end. On anybody’s measure, the Summit achieved everything that it set out to do.

In terms of appealing to an international audience, over 2000 delegates registered to attend from over 100 countries including delegations from countries as diverse as Trinidad and Tobago and The Falkland Islands. Ambassadors, Attorney’s General, Justice Ministers, Prosecutor Generals, and many others took time out of their busy diaries to attend the sessions and networking in between.

Attendees at the Summit were treated to more than 40 sessions spread across 4 main themes: Driving economic growth through the rule of law; law at the heart of 21st Century business; Magna Carta principles and modern world solutions; and law as a foundation for a modern prosperous society.

The speakers themselves were of the highest possible quality. During the three days delegates heard from leading lights of the world of business, law, public sector and academia. The opening session, which was introduced by Sir David Wootton, co-chairman of the Summit and former Lord Mayor of London, featured speeches by the Rt Hon. The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling, US Attorney General Eric Holder, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria and Kazakhstan Prime Minister, Karim Massimov.

Other speakers ranged from Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Sir Michael Rake, CBI Chairman, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Laureate and Chair of the Parliamentary Committee for Rule of Law and Tranquillity in Burma by video link, The Rt Hon. Lord Igor Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, to Cherie Blair QC, Lord Pannick of Blackstone Chambers, both specialists in human rights and The Rt Hon. Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court presented the closing address.

While the sessions themselves were extremely valuable, in between the organisers laid on a Business Services Exhibition to allow delegates to learn more about some of the speaker organisations, and also to meet their representative’s onsite. In particular, UK Trade & Investment organised a numbers of stalls with trade advisors and market specialists on hand to meet with delegates and offer useful help and support to those interested in learning about how to get into new markets.

If that was not enough, in order to fully maximise the networking, delegates were also invited to a number of social events in the evenings – starting with a welcome reception on the Sunday evening at the Royal Courts of Justice prior to the Summit and culminating with an event at Guildhall hosted by the City of London Corporation.

David Cameron“To mark 800 years since Magna Carta, I am pleased that London will welcome global leaders in both business and the law to discuss the issues that are shaping the agenda legally, commercially and socially over the next generation. I am delighted to support the Global Law Summit – it is yet more evidence that Britain continues to lead the way in promoting free enterprise, economic growth, and the rule of law around the world.”
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister.

Our board includes senior leaders from the UK legal, government and business community.