Ministry of Justice 'Plan for Growth' targets are ambitious, says Hogan Lovells

LONDON, 15 MARCH 2013 - The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today launched its 'Plan for Growth' which outlines the achievements of the MoJ's efforts to date in promoting the importance of the UK's legal services sector abroad and sets out a blueprint for the MoJ's next steps over the coming year.

Patrick Sherrington, global co-head of litigation, arbitration and employment at Hogan Lovells, commented:

"As a global law firm we are very supportive of efforts by the MoJ to strengthen ties abroad, particularly in Brazil, Russia and India.  London is a global centre for complex dispute resolution and a number of high profile cases in 2012 shone a spotlight on our capabilities here. The rule of law is not as strong as it should be in a number of key jurisdictions and the English courts continue to be seen to offer guarantees of impartiality and fairness not always available in other jurisdictions.

"There is no room for complacency however as there remain challenges in liberalizing the market for legal services for instance but any efforts to promote UK legal services should undoubtedly be applauded."

The plan for growth was launched by Chris Grayling and states that the UK legal services sector contributed £20.9 billion to the UK economy in 2011 and sets out 11 action points for how Government has taken on a more proactive role in promoting legal services.

The key messages from the report are:

• Promotion of the UK’s Legal Services sector – a unified approach to strengthen the UK's offer and reputation as a world leader in legal services.

• Attracting talent – attracting the brightest talents from around the globe to study law and undertake professional qualifications in the UK. 

• Liberalisation of the market overseas - working across the network of UK Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates to liberalise legal services and promote the UK Legal Services sector.

TheCityUK also launched its Legal Services report today providing analysis of the strength of London as an international centre for legal services, including data relating to the contribution of legal services to the UK economy. 

The MoJ Plan for Growth can be found at:

TheCityUK Legal Services report can be found at:


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