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Getting close to Japanese royalty


The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe, opened this year’s IBA annual conference in Tokyo which I was very pleased to attend. In his address at the opening ceremony in the presence of the Emperor and Empress of Japan, I listened to him make it clear that “the concept of the rule of law is universal”. I also heard him go to great lengths to highlight Japan’s place on the world stage, supporting democracy, basic human rights and the rule of law.

IBA Annual Conference: Japan's PM opens the meeting

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe delivers his speech with their imperial majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko looking on.

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid their respects to the gathering – this was one of the highlights of the conference and my visit to Japan, as well as my being able to participate in a formal bowing ceremony in their presence.

At the conference, I represented Alliott Group Legal in my capacity as chair of the Group, seeking out and recruiting new members.  I was also delighted to attend a high-level UK Trade & Investment briefing at the British Embassy in Tokyo hosted by the British Ambassador, Tim Hitchens, on corporate governance and doing business in Japan.

I also addressed a joint seminar of the Japanese Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association and the English Law Society, on opportunities arising for the legal profession from the Olympics, given Sherrards’ experience in the area.

Lastly, I was able to attend a meeting of the Law Firm Management Committee  which brings together senior and managing partners from leading law firms around the globe.

As well as seeing some fantastic places and meeting terrific people, these trips enable me to have confidence that when I connect my clients to legal and accountancy firms across the world and to Britain’s Embassies and Consulates, that I am putting them in touch with good people who will really look after them.

In the last few weeks alone, we have introduced clients to professionals to look after their needs in Sydney, Australia, Tokyo, Japan and Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Paul Marmor (right) with Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan

With Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan

If you are looking to develop links overseas, expand your business and find export opportunities, or you just want to explore a market, then we are more than happy to help, so please do get in contact. We have the connectivity to do so thanks to our involvement in organisations such as the International Bar Association and our commitment to the Alliott Group.

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