Hello and welcome to the first BBG Legal Focus blog! For those of you that don’t know me, I am Alison Hubbard and I chair your BBG Legal Focus Group. It is my role (alongside my day job as a lawyer here in Dubai) to bring legal and market insights to you, the members of the BBG.
You would be forgiven for thinking that you haven’t heard much from the Legal Focus Group for a while, but that’s about to change! Over the last few months there has been much activity behind the scenes as my fellow Focus Chairs and I, supported by our BBG Administrative Board and Business Team, have been working hard to re-invigorate our approach to how we engage with the you through the Focus Groups. From the Legal Focus Group’s perspective, this means that, in addition to the events that we will run, we will also be bringing you monthly insights in the form of this blog; the BBG community is fortunate to count amongst its members some really well-respected international law firms, and you can be assured that I will be tapping into that incredible knowledge-base to bring you relevant, current and insightful legal perspectives.
We have an exciting agenda for the next six months or so, covering subjects that will be of wide interest to our members, not just from a market insights and learning perspective, but also from a networking perspective. Events in the pipeline include another instalment of our hugely popular Energy Dinner, jointly hosted by myself and Terry Willis, our Energy Focus Chair, at which our panel of oil and gas experts will share their insights on the outlook for the market and challenges ahead, a Legal/HR briefing, again jointly hosted, this time with Blake Sergeant, our Learning and Development Focus Chair, and a collaboration with our Professional Services Focus Group, led by Grant Fairburn. I also plan to be in touch with those of you in the construction sector to see if there are any events that would be of interest to you.
In addition to those events and this blog, we will also bring you legal alerts in respect of key legal developments; with some interesting recent legal news, such as the implementation of new visa rules and the long-awaited Investment Law, we want to make sure that you are kept up to date in real-time.
Of course, we are also always open to suggestions from you. What legal issues are keeping you awake at night? What are the legal issues affecting your day-to-day operations? Do please feel free to get in touch with the BBG Business Team, or contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn) with your ideas for events that you would like us to organise.
So, thank you for reading, we will be back next month with impressions from ADIPEC…