IFB launches Professional and Financial Services Week

National business law firm DWF has been announced as an official supporter of the International Festival for Business (IFB) at yesterday’s (2 April) launch of the Knowledge, Professional and Financial Services week.

Julie Simms, real estate partner at DWF and chair of the IFB’s Professional and Financial Services group, welcomed guests from across the industry alongside Max Steinberg CBE, chair of IFB 2014 and chief executive of Liverpool Vision, the organisation leading the delivery of the Festival.

IFB, which is being hosted by Liverpool and the city region in June and July, is set to be the UK’s most significant international trade and investment showcase since the 1951 Festival of Britain and the largest concentration of business events taking place anywhere in the world this year. It will comprise more than 200 events, attracting entrepreneurs, investors, buyers, suppliers and trade intermediaries from around the globe as part of the Government’s ambition to promote economic growth, generate inward investment, rebalance the economy and double UK exports by 2020.

A key part of the festival will be its dedicated Professional and Financial Services week, which runs from 30 June until 4 July with more than 40 events. Professional and financial services companies, including DWF, are also supporting the festival by hosting a wide range of events throughout IFB, including seminars, workshops and interactive sessions on topics such as arctic drilling, intellectual property, road safety and business finance.

Julie Simms said: “DWF is delighted to announce its position as an official supporter of the International Festival for Business. We have enjoyed working with Liverpool Vision to support their delivery of an exceptional programme of events, and as a firm with a presence across the UK, we are pleased to be involved at a local, national and international level.

“The professional and financial services week will feature a whole raft of events designed to help businesses to grow by seeking expert advice on anything from intellectual property rights to overseas tax regulations. We have involvement from national associations including the National Law Society and ICAEW, which will mean a dedicated presence throughout the festival for this sector.

“We are confident this thematic week will shine the spotlight on the real value of our sector, with DWF and firms from across the country hosting events that will help to demonstrate the sector’s importance for the UK and global economy.”

Maria Norfolk, head of IFB’s Knowledge, Professional and Financial Services theme, said: “Showcasing the strength of the UK’s professional and financial services industries has always been a priority in our plans for IFB and this launch event reflected the appetite that exists to showcase the expertise across the sector to a national and international audience. We’re also delighted to be receiving support from yet another industry leader in DWF.

“IFB will have a lot to offer the UK’s legal community this summer. Not only have we lined-up a large selection of first class events, it will also provide a rare opportunity for industry professionals to broaden their networks on a global scale.

“Showcasing the best of British business, across all sectors, is at the core of our incentives for IFB. With only weeks to go, I strongly urge the UK’s legal community to consider how they can help us to promote this message and the benefits they can gain by being involved this summer.”

Speakers at the event included Chris Cummings, chief executive of TheCityUK; Rupert Lee-Browne, founder and CEO of Caxton FX; and Julie Simms, DWF real estate partner and chair of the IFB Professional and Financial Services group.

To find out more about the events that DWF is hosting and to book your place, visit or go to and register for free to join the IFB Business Club.

Julie Simms


I trained and qualified in Liverpool and have over ten years’ experience covering a full range of real estate work. I won North West Insider 2014 Young Lawyer of the Year Award.