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MoJ announces overseas trade mission to promote UK legal services

The mission is expected to generate over £750k in new business for UK law firms, chambers and LawTech companies.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced a team of experts will promote the UK’s legal services to the Middle East in a week-long trade mission in Dubai, and it will be led by justice minister, Lord Wolfson QC.

The trade mission includes a delegation of 28 industry leaders, ranging from the president of the Law Society and the chair of the Bar Council to specialists in LawTech. 

The MoJ said these leaders will “showcase the excellence of the UK’s legal sector and highlight the strength of English Law”. It reportedly aims to seize opportunities to grow exports in countries such as the UAE, Qatar and Israel.

Meanwhile, the mission has been organised as part of the UK’s international brand marketing campaign, ‘Great’, to “promote the best of the UK abroad”. It is reportedly expected to generate over £750k in new business for UK law firms, chambers and LawTech companies.

Additionally, a dedicated legal services day will take place at the UK Pavilion at Dubai EXPO, bringing together 90 Middle Eastern legal experts with UK counterparts, for the first time at this scale, to help boost trade between the two regions.

Wolfson will also meet senior justice counterparts on a visit to Israel and Qatar to discuss private international law and LawTech and reinforce the place of English law as the heart of international disputes.

It follows the launch of a 14-week consultation by the Department for International Trade to seek views on a wide-reaching trade deal between the UK and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that “will boost trade and strengthen the UK’s relationship with a strategically important region”.

This trade mission builds on wider efforts from the government to boost trade with the region, supporting the Global Britain agenda. 

Lord Wolfson QC, justice minister, said: “This trade mission will build on our efforts to forge international partnerships to increase trade for the legal service sector, while showcasing the exceptional legal talent we have to offer.

“Legal services contribute a massive £22bn to the UK economy and will be crucial to ensuring we build back better from the global pandemic.”

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