A&L Goodbody forges links with India


A&L Goodbody is continuing its efforts to expand in Asia with the news that a number of top Indian law firms will participate in a new international law programme designed to help forge closer ties between India and Ireland and facilitate investment between them.

The International Lawyers Placement Programme was launched in Mumbai last month by the Minister of State for Training and Skills at the Department of Education and Skills, Ciarán Cannon.

The programme is similar to a partnership scheme between A&L Goodbody and a number of China’s top law firms and universities set up in March of this year. The Indian programme will see a number of skilled Indian lawyers spend up to six months working with A&L Goodbody, gaining exposure to its international client base and global advisory partners.

Indo-Irish relations

“There has never been a better time to foster and strengthen links between the Irish and Indian legal and business communities, while also educating the next generation of lawyers,” said Julian Yarr, A&L Goodbody managing partner.

This programme is designed to give young lawyers from leading corporate law firms in India the skills they will need to advise their clients on international transactions going forward, said Yarr.

It offers the best insight for participants into life as a lawyer in a leading European corporate law firm, he argues.

Participants will learn skills such as applying their knowledge to commercial situations, while being encouraged to challenge themselves and explore the areas of law that A&L Goodbody practices.

“The vision and initiative of business leaders to identify and develop new areas of co-operation with international partners such as India is key to Ireland’s progress as one of the world’s most innovative and open economies,” said Mr Cannon.