City group aims to set up foreign forum

CITY lawyers have launched an initiative to establish a forum for foreign lawyers in a bid to make the City a more attractive base for solicitors from overseas.

The City of London Law Society is behind the initiative and reports an enthusiastic response from about 80 foreign lawyers who attended a symposium organised by the society last month. It has now sent out questionnaires to foreign lawyers practising in London asking them if they want to join a regular forum.

Anthony Pugh-Thomas, chair of the society, said the fact that it was easy for overseas lawyers to settle and practise in London made it a better legal community for clients and solicitors.