Faculty goes international with new committee

10 Feb

The Faculty has established a new Committee to help promote the profile of Scotland's legal system internationally.

Alistair Clark, QC, is to chair the International Committee which will add to the efforts of the Faculty to showcase the best the country has to offer.

James Wolffe, QC, Dean of Faculty, said: "In a globalised world, we need to make sure that the excellence of Scotland's legal system and the skills of Scotland's lawyers are understood internationally.

"The Faculty is already working with the Law Society of Scotland, the Scottish Arbitration Centre and others to that end. Alistair Clark's Committee will build on work which he and others are already doing, and I am grateful to him for taking on the task."

Mr Clark has over 20 years' experience at the Bar and took silk in 2007. He said: "This committee will seek to ensure that the Bar, and the Scottish legal system generally, are promoted at an international level when appropriate opportunities arise. As part of that aim, I have been representing the Faculty's interests in the Plan for Growth: Scottish Co-Ordination Group. The group, which brings together representatives of the legal profession, the alternative dispute resolution sector, government, business organisations and international agencies, has agreed to ensure a more co-ordinated approach to the promotion internationally of the legal profession in Scotland and of Scotland as a forum for dispute resolution.

"The Faculty's International Committee will comprise advocates from a wide range of backgrounds and practice areas. Together, and with the assistance and input of fellow members of Faculty, we intend to make sure that the strengths of the Bar and our legal system are properly recognised abroad."