Given the recent liberalisation of the Malaysian legal services market, the intensity of interest in legal services opportunities between Malaysia and the UK is soaring.

To capitalise on this momentum for solicitors, the Law Society of England and Wales welcomed an incoming Malaysian delegation, consisting of representatives from the Malaysian Bar Council and ten Malaysian law firms, from Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 November 2014.

The delegation comprised officeholders from the Malaysian Bar Council, including President Chris Leong and Vice President Stephen Thiruneelakandan, as well as Malaysian lawyers from firms specialing in intellectual property, employment, real estate, commerical and family law - among others.

The three-day visit included market intelligence sessions, a roundtable discussion on human rights and the rule of law, a networking reception and one-to-one meetings with potential international partners. Thus providing UK and Malaysian lawyers the unique opportunity to develop and deepen business links.

The Law Society would like to thank Dawson Cornwell, Trowers & Hamlin, Freshfields, Aughton Ainsworth, Wosskow Brown Solicitors and Foot Anstey for their contributions in hositng the Malaysian delegates.

Delighted with how the visit went, Law Society of England and Wales president Andrew Caplen said: “The historical bond between the UK and Malaysia legal professions has always been strong. Now with Malaysia opening its legal services market and both countries pledging to double the value of bilateral trade to £8bn by 2016, we also have every reason to talk business. As a global financial and legal centre and hub for European business, London is the key destination for developing international networks to service clients’ cross-border business needs.

“Visits such as these and larger events such as the Global Law Summit in February provide us with the ideal platform for building international business and legal relationships for the UK legal sector, helping us cement the role of UK law in international resolution and developing more business for our members.”

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