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Glasgow to host prestigious Commonwealth Law Conference in 2015

One of the most prestigious conferences on the international legal calendar is set to come to Scotland with the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association (CLA) announcing Glasgow as the host city for the 19th Commonwealth Law Conference in 2015. 

The announcement of CLC2015 came following a successful bid which had been put together in partnership between the Law Society of Scotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).

The biennial conference will take place this year from 14-18 April in Cape Town, South Africa and the Law Society of Scotland is encouraging Scottish legal professionals to attend.

Come 2015 around 1,000 delegates, including judges, lawyers and academics from across the Commonwealth, are expected to attend the conference in Glasgow at the SECC, providing a welcome boost of more than £2 million to the local economy.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “I am delighted that the Commonwealth Law Conference is coming to Glasgow in 2015. 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 the previous year.

“At a time when competition in the global conference marketplace is incredibly fierce, the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association’s decision to choose Glasgow reinforces the city’s reputation as a world-class business tourism destination, which is home to some of the best venues and hotels to be found anywhere in Europe or internationally today.

“This is another major win for Glasgow and is testimony to the excellent partnership working that exists between GCMB, the SECC and the city’s wider conference service providers.”

President of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association, Boma Ozobia said: “The Commonwealth Lawyers Association is delighted to have the opportunity to bring our 19th Commonwealth Law Conference to the city of Glasgow in 2015 and we look forward to working with the Law Society of Scotland.”

Jamie Millar, a former President of the Law Society of Scotland and the CLA Council member representing Scotland, said: “I want to thank the CLA for choosing Glasgow as its host city for the 2015 conference.  I am also grateful to the many partners – political, legal and business – who supported this joint bid by the Law Society of Scotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and the SECC. Their support helped to ensure its success.

“As a Glasgow solicitor, I am immensely proud that one of the largest and most prestigious gatherings of legal professionals from across the world will be coming to my home city. The CLA is a great and historic legal organisation, promoting the rule of law and helping to ensure an independent legal profession exists to serve the people of the Commonwealth. With our distinct, forward looking and ever changing legal jurisdiction, I know Scotland will be an exciting and fascinating place for CLA members to visit.”

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