•  •  Dark Mode

Your Interests & Preferences

I am a...

law firm lawyer
in-house company lawyer
litigation lawyer
law student
aspiring student

Website Look & Feel

 •  •  Dark Mode
Blog Layout

Save preferences

Clifford Chance's Popham heads UK govt India mission for lawyers and 'market access negotiations'


Clifford Chance senior partner Stuart Popham is the law firm representative on British prime minister David Cameron's India delegation this week, representing the UK legal and financial professional services community as head of a new trade body.

Popham (pictured) will accompany Cameron, chancellor George Osborne and a delegation including more than 50 UK chief executives and 40 other representatives from various sectors on the mission that aims to strengthen ties and broker deals between the UK and India.

The delegation is expected to land in India tomorrow (Tuesday, 27 July) and will visit Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi.

Popham, who was also the sole legal industry representative on previous Labour prime minister Gordon Brown's 2008 visit to India and China, is joining the mission in his capacity as senior partner of Clifford Chance and as chair of TheCityUK, according to a source familiar with the visit.

TheCityUK is a newly formed and "politically neutral" body to promote the "financial and professional services sectors" in overseas markets, according to the body's website.

It partly exists to support the sectors in "regulation and market access negotiations" by "providing a voice […] and working to improve access to overseas markets for UK firms", its website stated.

Popham is the chair of TheCityUK's board of directors, which also includes a large number of directors and representatives of various banks, insurers and other financial institutions. Linklaters senior partner David Cheyne is on the body's advisory council.

Popham declined to comment.

The mission also includes KPMG chairman John Griffith Jones, according to the UK newspaper Daily Telegraph.

The main thrust of the visit will focus on selling 57 Hawk Jet trainers to India in a £500m deal, said the Economic Times.

Click to show 26 comments
at your own risk
By reading the comments you agree that they are the (often anonymous) personal views and opinions of readers, which may be biased and unreliable, and for which Legally India therefore has no liability. If you believe a comment is inappropriate, please click 'Report to LI' below the comment and we will review it as soon as practicable.