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Irwin Mitchell Joins Other FLI NET Members At The Lawyer European Awards


David Shirt, Press Officer | 0161 838 3094

Irwin Mitchell along with other First Law International (FLI) delegates from across the world came together in force at the prestigious The Lawyer European Awards 2019 on 19 March held in London.

For the second consecutive year, FLI was nominated as a finalist for the ‘The Global Networks of The Year 2019’ (last year receiving the Judges’ High Commendation).  In addition, FLI NET members were also nominated for ‘Law Firm of The Year: Central Europe’; Law Firm of the Year, The Baltics; Law Firm of the Year, The Benelux and European Specialist Law Firm of the Year.  In all, FLI walked away with two high distinctions:  FLI NET Poland (Maruta Wachta) was awarded the Law Firm of the Year for the second consecutive year; and Ellex of Lithuania received the Judges High Commendation.  FLI NET Luxembourg (Vandenbulke) was a finalist in two classes.

First Law International was noted for being the most represented law network during the event and continues to demonstrate its members commitment to business development and legal excellence.

Corporate partner and Head of Irwin Mitchell’s International Group, Bryan Bletso, was joined at the event by other Irwin Mitchell partners, Sybille Steiner, Debbie Serota and Claire Marie Cornford and Business Development manager, Rob Cowling.

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“We have been very impressed with First Law International since joining last year and we were delighted to attend this prestigious event and network with our fellow-members as well as other VIP clients.”
Bryan Bletso, Partner

This year was one of the highest attended events with client firms such as Banco Santander, CBRE Global Investors, European Investment Fund, Siemens Gamesa, South of Europe and Africa Region, Sodexo, Truata, and Uberin attendance. 

Orlando Casares, principal of First Law International, added: “This was a great event and I was very proud to see so many of our members in attendance in a strong display of solidarity. To have been nominated again as one of the leading global networks of the year is important recognition for FLI and helps maintain our reputation as a top-ranked and high-quality network of choice to multinational clients of all industries.”

Irwin Mitchell became the main UK member of First Law International (FLI) in October 2018 and have since been actively involved participating in Regional Conferences including the ACC (Austin, Texas, Oct. 2018);  FLI NET Asia Pacific (Shanghai, Nov, 2018); as well as Business Development meetings (Rotterdam, June, 2018; Milano, Jan 2019)

Established in 2001, FLI is based in Brussels and is a leading global network of over 85 top-ranked independent national law firms, comprising over 17,000 lawyers.

Irwin Mitchell joined the network as part of its international growth strategy which involves establishing and consolidating a network of closely aligned, client-minded law firms across the globe to offer clients with cross-border needs with a seamless, sustainable and very cost-efficient solution through FLI’s characteristically attractive centrally coordinated Project Management support and its innovative technology via its FLI App (“Assistant GC.”).