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Group recommends international marketing of legal services

4 November 2008

An expert group has recommended actively marketing Scotland’s legal services to an international market

The Business Experts and Law Forum’s main proposal is for Scotland's dispute resolution system to be developed and marketed as a just, integrated and efficient system that could see the country become the 'Switzerland of dispute resolution'.

The group was set up by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to consider ways to make the structures and systems of the Scottish legal system more business friendly.

Other recommendations include:

  • Scotland should aim to market itself internationally as a forum for arbitration, offering high quality arbiters, facilities and legal support
  • the Commercial Court of the Court of Session should operate in the way that successful businesses operate - flexibly and responding to the needs of those who use the service
  • court procedures are explained in plain English.

Minister for Community Safety Fergus Ewing said he would be considering the forum’s report in detail as the Government took forward its plans to reform the legal profession and develop the Arbitration Bill.

Membership of the Business Experts and Law Forum includes Michael Clancy of the Law Society of Scotland, Richard Keen of the Faculty of Advocates and Patrick Andrews of Shepherd and Wedderburn.

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