International Committee Report

Tony McDaid

Committee Chair

The role of the BLS International Committee is to promote BLS to a global audience and, where able to do so, encourage relevant overseas visitors to visit Birmingham and to instruct members of the BLS legal community.

The impact of Covid on our plans and aspirations should not be under estimated and whilst we have kept in touch with contacts far and wide it has not been possible to progress matters as we would have hoped.

2022 promises to be a better year with the Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham and BLS organising a legal conference entitled “Race to the Commonwealth” to coincide with the Games.

At the time of writing we are putting together sponsorship packages and applying the final touches to what we believe will be a thought provoking and inspiring conference that will shine the spotlight on Birmingham and its legal community.

I, along with a small number of other members of the International Committee, have joined the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and COVID restrictions permitting will be attending the CLA conference in the Bahamas 4th to 9th September where BLS will be taking a stand and engaging with CLA members in the hope we can attract them to our event in July 2022. Like all of you we are hoping COVID will have done its worst by then and we will have returned to some sort of normality but in the event that we haven’t then we are looking at virtual options. Please do feel free to get in touch if you would like further information including information on sponsorship opportunities.