The New York State Bar Association's International Section brings the gavel down today on its Spring meeting which has been taking place in Dublin since yesterday. It is the first time the event has been held in Ireland. 

Edward Lenci, one of the chairs of the conference and a partner with law firm Hinshaw and Culbertson in New York, said that it was decided to bring the association's Spring meeting to Dublin because the city is an important business and legal centre and will likely become more so now because of the Brexit vote in the UK. Mr Lenci said coming to Dublin will help to build stronger ties and stronger bridges between New York and the Irish legal community. 


The lawyer said that Ireland - and Dublin - stands to benefit from Brexit as it is a common law jurisdiction, as well as an English speaking jurisdiction with a sophisticated court system. The Dublin dispute resolution centre also offers arbitration services. In the wake of Brexit, Dublin very likely stands to benefit positively in terms of providing legal services within the European Union.

Mr Lenci said he has heard rumours that US law firms are looking at property in Ireland with a view to establishing offices here. He said that Dublin is set to be become all the more important as a legal and financial centre and US law firms would serve themselves very well to pay attention to what happens here. There will be lots of opportunities for lawyers in the near future, and they will have to be flexible, nimble and forward-looking,  he stated. "Times like these usually prove to be very profitable for the legal business", he added. 

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