The second phase of a pre-Brexit campaign to bolster the reputation of England and Wales as a legal centre launches today.
Key figures from global business are backing a video campaign by the Law Society promoting the jurisdiction as as ‘the go-to legal destination’ for an international deal. They include senior figures from Roche, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and Hinduja Group; and partners from law firms Morrison and Foerster, Berwin Leighton Paisner and Freshfields. All speak in the films about why - despite Brexit - this jurisdiction continues to flourish.
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.’
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.’
Society president Joe Egan said: ‘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.’
Watch the videos here.