Bird & Bird receives award for Global Law Firm of the Year 2009 by the International Council of Jurists


Bird & Bird has been awarded “Global Law Firm of the Year 2009- An International Firm with substantive local legal expertise” by the International Council of Jurists. The award was picked up by Joint Head of Dispute Resolution, Ludovic de Walden and Head of India, Nipun Gupta. The ceremony was held in London and the award was presented by the Right Honourable Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers Senior Law Lord and Designate President of the Supreme Court of the UK.

The International Council of Jurists is an organisation dedicated to promoting a co-operative environment for people from legal fields all over the world. It acts as a common stage to interact and promote common interests and social justice.

Ludovic de Walden, joint head of Bird & Bird’s International Dispute Resolution Group, said; “To receive an award for ‘International Law Firm with substantive local legal expertise’ is incredibly valuable to us.  We are proud and delighted to be recognised for what is of utmost importance to us as a firm.”

Nipun Gupta, head of Bird & Bird’s India Group, said; “We are honoured to have received this award which endorses our approach of providing international quality advice that is anchored by local substance in the global jurisdictions that we operate in.”

Other award recipients were the Honourable Dr. K.G Balakarshnin, Chief Justice of India, Dominic Grieve QC MP, the Shadow Minister of Justice, Professor J Martin Hunter, Khawar Qureshi QC, Frances Gibb, Legal Affairs Editor at The Times, Sombrata Mandal and Orlando Pownall.

The ceremony was attended by several distinguished guests including Sir Gavin Lightman, QC, former High Court Judge (Chancery Division) and President International Council of Jurists, UK, the Right Honourable Lord Bach, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice, UK, The Right Honourable Lord Falconer, former Lord Chancellor of the UK and The Honourable Mr. Justice K.G Balakrishnan, Chief Justice of India.


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Bird & Bird is an international legal practice comprising Bird & Bird LLP and its affiliated and associated businesses, and has offices in Beijing, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, The Hague, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm and Warsaw.