More than 700 delegates from the legal elite comprising of judges, lawyers and academics will travel to the city from across the Commonwealth to attend the conference at Glasgow’s SECC from Sunday to Thursday (April 12-16); generating a welcome economic boost in the region of £1.4 million.
The biennial conference last took place in 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa and has been brought to Glasgow in partnership between the Law Society of Scotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).
This year’s Commonwealth Law Conference will help deliver the city’s legacy aspirations following the success of the best ever Commonwealth Games staged in Glasgow last year.
One of Glasgow’s key ambitions is to use the Games to help develop and strengthen the city’s relationship with Commonwealth Nations, driving internationalisation and growing Glasgow’s reputation as a Commonwealth City.
Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the delegates and organisers of the Commonwealth Law Conference to Glasgow. Not only will it mark the return of this prestigious meeting to Europe and the UK for the first time in a decade, it will also greatly contribute to the legacy derived from the city’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games last year. Hosting major conferences like the Commonwealth Law Conference reinforces the city’s reputation as a world-class business tourism destination.”
Alistair Morris, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “The Commonwealth Law Conference provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase Scotland and its legal profession to lawyers from around the globe. It seems very fitting that we are hosting this prestigious event in Glasgow following the huge success of the 2014 Commonwealth Games – and I have no doubt that our Commonwealth colleagues will be as warmly welcomed by the city.
“2015 is also a particularly appropriate year for the conference to take place in Scotland following the referendum on independence. While the people of Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom, it marks an interesting era for both Scottish and UK politics. Scotland retains a unique legal system, which has much to offer our Commonwealth colleagues.
“Hosting the event in Glasgow will not only give our solicitor members and the wider legal profession in Scotland the chance to benefit from sharing ideas and establishing lasting new relationships with their Commonwealth counterparts, it will also allow legal professionals from the Commonwealth nations and beyond to come to an exciting jurisdiction of five million people with a modern and flexible devolved legislature that seeks to address the social, economic and legal challenges of the 21st century in an innovative way.
“We have a very exciting programme on offer and we, along with our many colleagues across the legal profession, are very much looking forward to hosting the Commonwealth Law Conference 2015 and to welcoming our visitors to Scotland’s biggest city.”
Kathleen Warden, Head of Association Conferences at the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC), said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming the delegates and organisers of the Commonwealth Law conference to Glasgow and the SECC. This is a major international conference that was attracted to the city through the combined efforts of GCMB, SECC and our city partners and is a major success story for us all. The organisers have put their faith in the many qualities we have as a venue and a city and we’re looking forward to giving them an unforgettable experience.”