Lancashire lawyer speaks at worldwide conference

A Lancashire lawyer has flown 6,000 miles to speak to over 130 international delegates at a global conference in Hong Kong.

John ChesworthJohn Chesworth, managing partner of Preston-based commercial law firm Harrison Drury, was invited to attend the prestigious event to give an insight into doing business in the North West of England.

Held at the five-star InterContinental Hong Kong hotel, the gathering was aimed at developing cross border trade and sharing knowledge on the cultural differences of doing business in markets around the world.

The conference was organised by The Alliott Group, an international alliance of accounting, law and consulting firms of which Harrison Drury is the legal member covering the North West of England.

John said: “The conference provided us with a great opportunity to speak to other lawyers and accountants from firms in a number of countries in the Asia Pacific region, such as China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, as well other global markets like the US and Mexico, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and all the major Eurozone countries.

“For example, we learnt more about how to set up a trading company in many of the countries in the Asia Pacific region and the timescales involved in doing this. However, it wasn’t just about the legal aspects of trading internationally, we found out more about local business customs in different countries around the globe, which is just as important for businesses looking to establish new export markets. We are now able to share this knowledge with our clients.”

Harrison Drury’s membership of The Alliott Group makes it possible for the firm to refer clients to partner firms abroad giving them expert local knowledge, as well as an opportunity to advise overseas businesses that need legal support in the UK.

Since joining the alliance earlier this year, Harrison Drury has experienced a surge in enquiries from UK businesses with operations in foreign jurisdictions.

John added: “As the Chamber of Commerce’s latest Lancashire quarterly economic survey indicated, more of the county’s businesses are looking to boost export sales. Our growing expertise in this area is making it possible for these businesses to get the local support they need be successful in these new markets.” The conference was given an update on the global economic outlook by HSBC, and the bank’s Hong Kong-based senior investment strategist Herve Lievore discussed issues affecting the Asia Pacific region including the effects of increasing Chinese investment across the world.