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11 October 2011

American Bar Welcomed By Law Society and First Minister

Over 60 lawyers from some of America’s most prestigious law firms and organisations were in Belfast yesterday as part of a series of events organised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland to showcase the legal sector.

The delegates from the American Bar Association had been invited by the President of the Law Society to visit Northern Ireland as part of the ABA international Section Fall Conference.   

As part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland, delegates were invited to Hillsborough Castle for a reception hosted by the Law Society and attended by up to 100 guests.

The Lord Mayor Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile formally welcomed the delegates to Belfast before they attended a series of seminars held at Law Society House.

Those speaking at the seminars included the President of the Law Society, Brian Speers, Senior Vice President, Norville Connolly and Chief Executive, Alan Hunter.

Also speaking was the Attorney General for Northern Ireland, John Larkin QC, Adrian Colton QC Chairman of the Bar Council, Jeremy Finch, Invest NI and Virginia McVey, Chief Executive of the Human Rights Commission.

The two day visit to Belfast culminated with the opportunity for delegates to meet the First Minister, Peter Robinson at a special dinner hosted by Invest NI at the Long Gallery in Stormont.

Speaking after the visit the President of the Law Society, Brian Speers said.

“The Law Society was delighted to have welcomed delegates from the American Bar Association to Northern Ireland. The two day trip to Northern Ireland has provided an excellent opportunity for the Law Society to promote the work of our legal community and the real investment opportunities which exist in Northern Ireland”.