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April 2008: Reception at the Houses of Parliament to launch THE IDR GROUP®

The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC, was the Guest Speaker at a Reception held in the Houses of Parliament on 30 April 2008 to mark the launch of the IDR Group. The Reception was held in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room in Westminster Hall: built in the 11th Century, Westminster Hall is the largest surviving part of the original Palace of Westminster.

Amongst the guests at the Reception were Commonwealth High Commissioners, partners in international law firms, and representatives of major organisations such as the Corporation of London, the World Petroleum Council, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the City Disputes Panel, the International Dispute Resolution Centre, and UNCTAD, the Geneva-based United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Introducing the Attorney General, Lord Anderson of Swansea  stressed Baroness Scotland’s links to the Commonwealth. The Attorney then spoke of the importance of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in international affairs. She welcomed the creation of the Group in a world where international trade was forever increasing.

Lord Anderson later introduced Anthony Connerty, the Head of the Group, who gave a brief description of the IDR Group, its Members and the Group’s Panel of Consultants.