BLP Partners appointed to head leading legal bodies

Two Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partners have been appointed to head up some of the most respected legal bodies for their areas of expertise. Ian De Freitas, an IP specialist, has been appointed President of the Intellectual Property Commission of Union Internationale des Avocat (UIA), and Joanna Lampert, a real estate disputes expert, has been elected Chairman of the Property Litigation Association (PLA).

The UIA is the world’s oldest association of general and specialist legal practitioners having been founded in 1927. It comprises more than 200 Bar associations, organisations or federations as well as several thousand individual members from over 110 countries. It has consultative status as a non-governmental organisation before the United Nations. As President,  Ian’s role will be to direct the work of the IP Commission, co-ordinating the efforts of the UIA’s IP practitioners worldwide.

Members of the PLA specialise in all aspects of property litigation including commercial, residential and agricultural property law.  Joanna, who was previously Chairman of the PLA’s Training & Education Committee, will now be responsible for driving the promotion of specialist property litigation skills within the property sector.

Partner and litigation and dispute resolution head, Jonathan Sacher said: “These senior appointments are recognition of two individuals as leaders in their respective fields. I am confident Ian and Joanna will take both organisations to new levels of industry engagement.”

These appointments are the latest in a succession of announcements for the litigation team at BLP. Industry experts Nic Fletcher and Graham Shear have both joined in recent months, with Nic as head of BLP’s International Arbitration team and Graham as a commercial litigation partner specialising in sports and media.

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