Brandon Malone, Chairman of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, and Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Centre, attended the International Bar Association Annual Conference in Dublin on September 30th to promote the Centre, Scottish arbitration and Scotland as a seat for international arbitration.
The International Bar Association (IBA) is an international association of lawyers and lawyers’ associations which promotes an exchange of information between legal associations worldwide. This year its annual conference saw more than 5,000 international lawyers meet in Dublin. Many of those were from the international arbitration community, and representatives of that community joined Andrew and Brandon at the Scottish event hosted by the Law Society of Scotland and supported by VisitScotland and Scottish Development International.
At the event, Lord Wallace of Tankerness, the Advocate General for Scotland, and Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, found common ground when highlighting that the Scottish legal system is one of international repute which can offer a range of services for global business, including arbitration. Austin Lafferty, President of the Law Society of Scotland, referred to the growth in alternative dispute resolution in Scotland, and Brandon asked the audience to “consider Scotland as a seat of international commercial arbitration”, focusing on three key reasons – “neutrality, familiarity and confidentiality”. The reception was well attended, and successfully promoted Scotland to the international attendees.
As well as attending various conference sessions on arbitration and mediation, Andrew and Brandon were invited to numerous additional events, and attended a number of receptions held by various organisations and law firms, including Arthur Cox, the Law Society of England and Wales, Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers, the Bar Council of Ireland, and Miles & Stockbridge. They were also the guests of the British Ambassador to Ireland at TheCityUK and UKTI reception, and attended the IBA Arbitration Committee Dinner.
Andrew Mackenzie said:
“IBA Dublin provided us with a premium platform to interact and exchange ideas with international arbitrators, lawyers, publishers, and other international arbitration centres. It allowed us to network with over 5,000 delegates, including many of the leading players in arbitration, and further advanced our objective to put Scotland on the international arbitration map.”
Photo: Andrew Mackenzie and Brandon Malone talk to Eleanor Taylor, Acquisition Editor, Kluwer Law International, in the Exhibition Hall in the Convention Centre Dublin at the IBA. Photo courtesy of the International Bar Association.