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Get involved in World Bank project

The Law Society is again working with the World Bank on the global research project Doing Business. The project is looking for contributors for the 2012 report to act as local partners in the areas of corporate, employment, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and real estate law.

Doing Business researches business laws and regulations in over 183 countries to identify what type of business regulations are most favourable to economic growth. The results of the research are presented in the annual Doing Business report , which is currently the best-selling World Bank publication. It is one of the most high-profile publications produced by the bank and is at the forefront of the bank's efforts to promote efficient and effective business reform.

The report benchmarks 11 indicators including seven legal topics:

  • starting a business (corporate law);
  • employing workers (employment law);
  • registering property (real estate law) ;
  • getting credit (collateral law);
  • protecting investors (corporate law);
  • enforcing contracts (commercial litigation); and
  • closing a business (bankruptcy).

Why get involved?

The project is an opportunity to use your expertise to improve business environments worldwide. It will allow you and your firm to establish contacts with the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), plus join a network of 8,200 professionals worldwide. The project is open to commercial lawyers, notaries, judges, architects, trade logistics specialists, and accountants.

How does it work?

Contributors complete short surveys based on their sector and jurisdiction of expertise. Participants are asked to confirm or correct last year's data and to indicate where, if any, reforms have taken place. You have three weeks to complete and return the surveys relating to your jurisdiction and area of interest.

In exchange for your invaluable contribution, your name and your firm's name will be mentioned in the report and on the list of contributors on the World Bank Doing Business website and in its publication in late 2011 – you will receive a complimentary copy.

How to get involved

  • Register your interest in the project: email  wbdb@lawsociety.org.uk stating the jurisdiction/s in which you practise.
  • You will receive a link towards the end of February to access the surveys online.
  • Complete the surveys based on your sector and jurisdiction of expertise.
  • You may be contacted from February to July with follow-up queries from the World Bank.