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Achieving Cross-Border Collaborations: UK-Africa Legal Services Virtual Trade Mission

United Kingdom (UK) Government’s Ministry of Justice through the Legal Services are Great (LSAG) programme partnered with the Department for International Trade to organize the first ever virtual trade mission event for UK – Africa Legal Services. The event took place from 1st to 3rd December 2020 with the mission of fostering partnerships, collaboration, shared learning and supporting growth and prosperity for UK and African legal services.

The conference attracts the very best in UK and African legal expertise, further cementing a shared positive future for UK and African legal services. The virtual interactions were conducted widely through discussions, networking and booking one-to-one sessions among the delegates.

LSAG is a programme under the UK Ministry of Justice that targets stronger links with emerging and established markets across the world and cement the UK’s reputation as the world’s pre-eminent legal centre. LSAG has launched a campaign geared to facilitating growth for UK and Africa legal services.

This landmark event was hosted by UK Government’s Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, The Rt. Hon Robert Buckland QC MP and her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, Emma Wade-Smith. The event offers a platform through which well established, renowned and key industry players in the legal services will offer insights on how to deepen relationships among legal professionals in Nigeria, Kenya, United Kingdom, Ghana and South Africa.

KO Associates LLP partners, Crispine Odhiambo and Stephen Kiptinness were among the keynote speakers in this event. Mr. Crispine Odhiambo, KO’s Managing Partner, while chairing the session on Commercial and IP law across boarders, weighed in on their prospects in Africa noting that as the world changes, IP value increases.

The potential challenge would be how to translate the legal policies and objectives in relation to this subject in order to create coherence and unlock IP value on a global platform. Further, he elaborately discussed the current IP protection mechanisms in Kenya noting the gains and the potential opportunities and areas of improvement.

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