Tim Jones Chair of the London Management Group Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
ILFA isn't just a good CSR initiative, it is a way of building a network of contacts in Africa who know how we work and we know them. Our business revolves around strong personal contacts and ILFA gives us the exciting opportunity to build personal links with fellow professionals throughout Africa.
Michael Walter Partner, Herbert Smith LLP
Our market leading Africa practice relies on both an acute understanding of the landscape for business in Africa together with excellent contacts on the ground. Supporting the ILFA programme allows us to make a long term contribution to the skills and experience of the legal community within African countries, and help the firm to develop vital relationships with local commercial practices. We are looking forward to accepting our fourth candidate this year
Magdalene Bayim-Adomako Partner, White & Case LLP
ILFA is often thought of as a program designed for the sole benefit of the candidates who are fortunate enough to be chosen. That characterisation however, does highlight how much we, the recipient firms, gain from having the diversity of thought, experience and skill that the ILFA lawyers bring to our practices.
Paul Crook Partner Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy is proud to support ILFA and, having been part of the programme from the start, has had the privilege to work with a number of high-calibre African lawyers. Through our Africa Group we remain committed to the region and appreciate the opportunity ILFA offers to build lasting relationships with local lawyers who can assist us in ensuring our clients receive local legal advice of the highest possible standard.
James Segal, Associate General Counsel, Diageo International
We in Diageo Legal are proud to support ILFA and its work in building capabilities and relationships between law firms in the UK and Africa. ILFA provides us with the opportunity to contribute to a stretching programme of training and practical work which enables all to learn and share experiences, and which results in a wide network of experienced commercial lawyers across Africa.
Emily Reid Partner, Hogan Lovells International LLP
We are delighted to have watched ILFA grow over the past four years, and been part of a project which so obviously benefits those who take part. We have now hosted candidates from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda, and have learned a lot about the legal culture of those countries while allowing the ILFA candidates to benefit from our legal knowledge and experience. This cannot but assist us in our day-to-day dealings in Africa.