I was fortunate to be invited to a UK and South African legal services networking event hosted by the  Honourable Minister Shailesh Vara MP, the UK Parliamentary Vice Secretary of State for Justice and UK Trade and Investment Commission.

The Minister is in South Africa to meet with UK and South African legal practitioners and to explore opportunities for greater collaboration and business growth between our countries.

Andy Henderson, Trade Commissioner for UK Trade and Investment Commission in South Africa also presented on forthcoming opportunities and activity between UK and South African legal business relations both in the Southern African region and in the UK.

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I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak directly with the UK Minister of Justice.

The Minister was impressed with VDMA’s collaboration with UK, European and international law firms through our SCG Legal Alliance and its approach to client service and the market leading skills we have in our firm.

There also seems to be a focus to move some of the legal outsourcing work traditionally outsourced to India to South Africa for two reasons (i) quality and (ii) related time zones, which opportunity sounds promising for encouraging international linkage and development.