Philip Gilliland, senior partner at Northern Ireland-based law firm Caldwell & Robinson, has been elected President of the prestigious international corporate law network, Avrio Advocati. The election was confirmed at Avrio Advocati’s General Meeting, which has just been held in Paris and where the network celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Guest of honour was Jean-Claude Trichet, the former president of the European Central Bank. M Trichet told the meeting about the pressures that faced the bank when it was hit by the global financial crisis, while he was president, and of his role in the creation of the euro.
Other sessions at the General Meeting involved explanations of the financial crash in Cyprus in 2012 and the potential impact of the Ukraine political crisis.
Philip Gilliland said: “It is a pleasure and an honour to take the role of ‘first amongst equals’ at such a prestigious network of leading international commercial law firms.
“Avrio Advocati brings together a wealth of expertise in local law across the world, where our members practice. Caldwell & Robinson is delighted to play its full role in the network, with our expertise and knowledge of the law not just in Northern Ireland, but also across the UK and in the Irish Republic.
“We are ourselves a specialist cross-border law firm and it is appropriate that we are a member of a network dedicated to share expertise in international and cross-border law.
“Avrio Advocati is an important membership organisation for a firm such as Caldwell & Robinson – its only Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland member. Through this network, our firms share business contacts, strengthen our social media presence and compare best practice. Caldwell & Robinson operates at the heart of Avrio Advocati.”
Photo depicts former president of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, with new Avrio Advocati president Philip Gilliland and outgoing Avrio Advocati president, Stephan Reimer of Germany.
Issued for Caldwell & Robinson by Paul Gosling