The first meeting of the newly-formed Arab Lawyers Association will be chaired by Judge Eugene Cotran, who has agreed to become a patron of the association. The association aims to form a professional and social link between Arab lawyers who practise and study law in the UK, encouraging networking and the exchange of professional and academic ideas. It also hopes to promote involvement of Arab lawyers in Anglo-Arab transactions and cases. The meeting is on 2 April at the Law Society from 6.30pm. Contact Asmaa Al-Adhamy at Allen & Overy on 0171 330 3000 for details.