Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD), which has a large office in Bristol, has taken part in the South West World Trade Summit, organised by the Institute of Export (IOE).

The event, which is in its third year, was held in Bristol last week (4 July), bringing together businesses working in international trade to examine the challenges and opportunities in accessing new markets post-Brexit. With the event coinciding with American Independence Day, the discussion also focused on trade with the US.

Amongst the speakers was Alastair Mitton, Partner at WBD, who provided insight into the legal implications of doing trade with the US. He commented:

"Goods and services from the UK are in strong demand across the globe and exporting can be a great way to grow your business. In fact, exports represent over 30% of the regional economy.

"The Summit last week presented a good platform to discuss the growth opportunities presented by emerging and more mature markets like the US. With WBD being a transatlantic firm with 19 offices in the US and strong roots in the South West, we were in a good position to comment on how we can best leverage trade relations across the pond."

WBD is the largest transatlantic law firm in the South West. Ranking in the UK's top 20 law firms, it provides an enviable transatlantic platform for further local, regional and international growth. Bringing richer prospects to the region, WBD advises South West businesses on domestic and global matters across eleven sectors of expertise.

Bristol is the firm's second largest office in the UK where it employs more than 250 people.