UK eyes Africa for expansion of legal services

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The British prime minister has been accompanied by a partner from White & Case on a trade mission to Africa.

The firm says Joshua Siaw, who is director of its Africa practice, is the only lawyer invited to join the trade delegation.

With Brexit fast approaching, the UK is keen to strengthen ties with other nations and blocs and the export of legal services could be a key part of a push into the African continent.

“Our goal as a firm is to play a significant role in promoting strong political, trade, finance and development relationships between Africa and the UK and other international markets,” said Siaw. A visit like this plays a fundamental role in continuing to strengthen alliances between the UK and the many countries, peoples and cultures of the diverse African continent and, as a Ghanaian living in the UK, I believe there is much more that unites us than separates us."

White & Case has been active in Africa for more than 40 years and was the first international firm to open an office in South Africa.

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