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Glasgow named as host city for 19th Commonwealth Law Conference 2015

28 January 2013 | tagged News release

One of the most prestigious conferences on the international legal calendar is set to come to Scotland with the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association (CLA) announcing Glasgow as the host city for the 19th Commonwealth Law Conference, 2015.

The announcement of CLC2015 came following a successful bid which had been put together in partnership between the Law Society of Scotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).

The biennial conference will take place this year in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa, 14-18 April, and the Law Society of Scotland is encouraging Scottish legal professionals to attend.

Come 2015, delegates, including judges, lawyers and academics from across the Commonwealth are expected to attend the conference in Glasgow at the SECC, providing a welcome boost to the local economy.

President of the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association, Boma Ozobia, said: "The Commonwealth Lawyers' Association is delighted to have the opportunity to bring our 19th Commonwealth Law Conference 2015 to the city of Glasgow. We look forward to working with Law Society of Scotland."

Jamie Millar is a former President of the Law Society of Scotland and the CLA Council member representing Scotland. Commenting on the announcement, he said: "I want to thank the CLA for choosing Glasgow as its host city for the 2015 conference. I am also grateful to the many partners - political, legal and business - who supported this joint bid by the Law Society of Scotland, Glasgow Marketing Bureau and SECC. Their support helped to ensure its success.

"As a Glasgow solicitor, I am immensely proud that one of the largest and most prestigious gatherings of legal professionals from across the world will be coming to my home city. The CLA is a great and historic legal organisation, promoting the rule of law and helping to ensure an independent legal profession exists to serve the people of the Commonwealth. With our distinct, forward looking and ever changing legal jurisdiction, I know Scotland will be an exciting and fascinating place for CLA members to visit."

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: "I am delighted that the Commonwealth Law Conference is coming to Glasgow in 2015. Not only will it mark the return of this prestigious meeting to Europe and the UK for the first time in a decade, it will also greatly contribute to the legacy derived from the city's hosting of the Commonwealth Games the previous year.

"At a time when competition in the global conference marketplace is incredibly fierce, the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association's decision to choose Glasgow reinforces the city's reputation as a world-class business tourism destination, which is home to some of the best venues and hotels to be found anywhere in Europe or internationally today.

"This is another major win for Glasgow and is testimony to the excellent partnership working that exists between GCMB, the SECC and the city's wider conference service providers."

Notes to Editors
More information on the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association can be found at:

The CLA conference was last in Scotland in 1977. Since then, it has been held across the world including Hong Kong, Jamaica, New Zealand, Canada and Kenya.

The 2013 conference takes place in Cape Town, South Africa. More information is available via


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28 January 2013

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