UK Trade & Investment (“UKTI”) has produced a case study focusing on the impact that Sherrards Solicitors are making on the international scene, in helping to sell and promote UK plc overseas, with UKTI’s assistance.
The case study is available to British Government Ministers, Members of Parliament, as well as to UK Embassies and Consulates all over the world, and throughout the civil service across Whitehall and beyond.
It shows how UKTI has helped a professional services firm to raise its global profile and reputation, and what can be achieved by a go-getting, dynamic and ambitious law firm.
Paul Marmor, Head of International Services, comments: “The last eighteen months have been momentous, with a great deal of success internationally. We have been involved in a tremendous range of international activities, such as:-
– working with the World Bank, contributing to their ‘Doing Business’ project;
– developing our China & Far East desk;
– developing the Alliott Group international alliance, widening our global reach;
– being recognised by the Law Society with an excellence award for our international work;
– being featured by the Law Society’s International Division in a video focusing on international work;
– working with the Taiwanese Government’s People’s Representative Office in the UK;
– taking part in development trips in central and eastern Europe (Russia and Georgia, by way of example)
– getting involved in corporate social responsibility initiatives supporting the Tapologo Outreach Centre in Rustenburg, South Africa, and the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, Belarus.
– developing our ties with international legal organisations such as the International Bar Association and American Bar Association;
– involvement with Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK, through the organisers, in the largest-ever reception for the Indian diaspora to welcome PM Modi at Wembley Stadium.”
Alasdair McMillin, Sherrards’ Managing Partner, states: “It’s a core part of our strategy to develop our international offering, for a number of reasons. First, it is vital for us to be able to provide our clients, contacts and intermediaries with access to similar law firms and like-minded professionals across the world. This helps our clients and contacts to expand their offerings overseas, as the world becomes increasingly globalised. Secondly, we have received excellent instructions on inward investment-related transactions coming into the UK. Thirdly, our international persona has helped to develop our standing in the legal profession, which is helping with recruitment of excellent lawyers, whether they be at partner or assistant level, as we develop our offering, giving us a real edge over our competitors.”
Paul Marmor adds: “As it says in the UKTI article, ‘Whatever the size of your company, UKTI is there for you. You can be any size of business, from very small to very large, and if you go to UKTI you’ll have embassies on your side and a huge network of contacts at your fingertips. If you want to establish a footprint in an international market you need to develop a USP and then go to UKTI. Working with them gives you immediate gravitas.’”
Facts about UKTI and Sherrards
– UKTI has described Sherrards on its website as “the go to firm for clients requiring services on a wide range of commercial law, and have moulded their services for the international market”.
– UKTI arranged for Paul Marmor to speak at the British Consulates in New York and Boston on the UK being the world’s jurisdiction of choice for businesses to resolve disputes.
– UKTI has helped Sherrards’ clients directly in North America, India, and across the Asia-Pacific region.
– UKTI is a joint venture between Trade Partners UK (for export) and Invest UK (for inward investment), promoting British business abroad.
– Sherrards worked with UKTI in producing a brochure called “Export for Growth”.
– International trade has always played an important role in the UK economy. In 2013, exports accounted for 34% of the nation’s GDP (according to the UKTI).