Pictured (L-R): Brandon Malone, Martin Šolc and Andrew Mackenzie
Andrew Mackenzie, chief executive of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, and Brandon Malone, chairman of the centre, yesterday hosted Martin Šolc, the new president of the International Bar Association (IBA) at their premises on Princes Street to discuss the work of the centre and the IBA. The IBA, established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.
Mr Šolc will be president of the IBA until 2018, replacing outgoing president David Rivkin. The new president has been a member of the IBA for more than 25 years, has been awarded numerous accolades and is consistently regarded as one of the most respected and prominent lawyers in the Czech Republic. He represented the Czech bar on the IBA Council in 1990, is a former president of the Czech Bar Association and has been an active senior member of the IBA for many years.
Commenting on the visit, Mr Mackenzie said: “It was an honour to welcome the new president of the IBA to the centre. We had a wide-ranging discussion, which included the promotion of Scotland as an international seat of arbitration, the work of the IBA and the opportunities for members to develop international links, and the future of the rule of law and the legal profession.
“As co-vice chair of the IBA Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee, I was delighted to also have the opportunity to update the President on some of the key projects the committee is currently taking forward.
“The centre continues to promote Scotland and its practitioners, so this was an excellent chance to raise awareness with this global leader.”