Conference success helps put Shoosmiths on world map

Conference success helps put Shoosmiths on world map


Author: Alastair Gray

The Shoosmiths-hosted World Services Group 10th Annual Conference has been hailed a resounding success.

A record number of delegates - more than 160 - attended the London event from across the globe.

And the national law firm believes the event has helped put it on the world map.

Many guests praised the national law firm's professionalism, organisation, and choice of spectacular venues, which included Tower Bridge, Tate Britain, leading London restaurants, and Buckingham Palace.

Dallas-based Tim Powers, a partner at Haynes & Boone, told Shoosmiths partner Gary Assim: "I can't begin to thank you and your colleagues enough for the exquisite hospitality for the WSG annual meeting.

"You and your colleagues have certainly set a very high standard for future events, and have shown us just how much the WSG has grown and prospered over the last 10 years.

"The programme was informative, inspirational and, yes, at times scary (cyber security). The social events were spectacular. I won't soon forget the opening reception in Tower Bridge or the visit to Buckingham Palace."

Dan Hambury, VP - head of legal, TJX Europe; Professior Richard Susskind; Andrew Magowan, general counsel and company secretary, ASOS plc; Gary Assim, partner, Shoosmiths; Todd Taylor, EMEA regional counsel, JDSU UK Limited

Keynote speaker Professor Richard Susskind OBE - who told his audience that law firms faced three main 'drivers of change' (clients wanting more for less, liberalisation and technology) - in his presentation The future of professional services, was well received by a packed audience at conference headquarters The Langham Hotel.

Other conference features were panel discussions on global personal data and security issues, how law firms can best use social media, and worldwide investment opportunities.

Assim, who coordinated the event, said: "I was approached by delegates from around the world throughout the three-days, and every one of them was fulsome in their praise for our professional organisation of what was an engaging, interesting and smooth-running conference.

"It was a huge privilege to be able to host the conference, which has undoubtedly raised Shoosmiths' profile among WSG members, and we hope it will help boost the work we do with other firms that are part of WSG."

WSG is a global membership network whose 150 member firms are among the top providers of professional business services. Members operate in more than 117 countries and throughout the United States. Its aim is to 'maximise business opportunities through cooperation and knowledge exchange'.

There are member firms in: Africa, Caribbean, Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, Central America, Middle East, and South America. Shoosmiths is the only WSG member for England and Wales.

Next year's conference takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.