Lord Mayor of London visits Liverpool's professional services community

DWF's Liverpool office has, once again, hosted a lunch for The Lord Mayor of the City Corporation of London as part of his fact-finding visit to Liverpool ahead of his world-wide visits to 20 countries to promote the professional and financial services capabilities of the UK.

DWF sees it as important to engage with the professional and financial services sector in this way and the lunch brings together leaders in their fields of a variety of organisations from within the Liverpool City Region and from London. This year's focus was on the maritime sector as The Lord Mayor was interested to learn about, and promote abroad, the continued growth of Liverpool as an increasingly important port of entry into and export from the UK. He learned that the go-ahead had been given to the development of a major £300 million scheme to create on-river berthing in Liverpool for some of the world's largest vessels and about the vision for the creation of what has become known as the Atlantic Gateway.

At the start of the lunch, DWF was able show a short film showing The Prime Minister giving his full support to Liverpool as Liverpool is to host a major national and international event to be held in June and July 2014 called the International Festival for Business. This is to be an event on the scale of the Festival of Britain in 1951 which, as part of the government's desire to rebalance the economy, is not, as would ordinarily be the case, to be held in London but in Liverpool.

Amongst others, the lunch was attended by John Syvret, Chief Executive of Cammell Laird, one of the shipbuilders currently engaged in the construction of the new aircraft carrier for the Royal Navy to be named the Queen Elizabeth; Jim Teasdale, Chief Executive of the Mersey Maritime Group; Doug Barrow, Chief Executive of Maritime London; Jeffrey Evans, Managing Director (Gas), H Clarkson & Co., (the world's largest shipbroking and shipping services provider) who is currently Sheriff of the City of London.