- London and English Law are world leaders in international dispute resolution. This is one of those areas where the United Kingdom “punches above its weight” in world affairs, to use Douglas Hurd’s memorable phrase. There is every good reason why that should remain so after Brexit. The fundamentals are sound. But complacency is not warranted. There is much to be done, concerns to be addressed and false steps avoided. Action is required from Government, the Judiciary, the legal professions, Academia and the City. Our world ranking cannot be assumed; we will need to work to keep it – and it is profoundly important that we do keep it. That, in a nutshell, is my theme to be developed tonight.