As International Secretary, Laurie Watt identifies and evaluates potential new member firms outside the United States. He Chairs the International Membership Committee, where all international membership applications are reviewed before being referred to the Board of Directors for confirmation. Laurie is based in our English member firm Charles Russell Speechlys, where he was Senior Partner until 2006, when he became a consultant in the role of Senior Counsel. His background is in international commercial litigation. He has conducted cases in Canada, the US, South Africa, Australia and across Europe. In addition to his role with ALFA International, Laurie is Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Lawyers Association and Chair of its Executive Committee.