Belfast, 17 October 2016 – John McKee Solicitors attended (18-22 October) an international conference in London focused on subjects critical to winning, servicing and retaining clients with multi-market business interests. Alliott Group’s Worldwide Conference was attended by 150 leading professional advisers from 76 independent, owner managed firms located in 36 countries.

Hosted by Alliott Group, an award-winning international alliance of independent, mid-market accounting and law firms, the conference provided attendees from local firms all over the world with access to knowledge and professional contacts that enable them to service more efficiently commercial and private clients who need assistance in multiple geographic markets.

During the four day conference, speakers included representatives from the Bank of England, the Department for International Trade, the Confederation of British Industry, Meridian West and Farnham Castle Intercultural Training.

The programme will equip attendees from John McKee Solicitors, as well as the managing and senior partners from other Alliott Group member firms, with not only the required technical and professional skills to serve clients across borders, but to also the development of a ‘global mindset’ that will ensure successful communications across cultures when entering foreign markets. Attendees will also gain a better understanding of what clients really want from their professional advisers.  

Representatives from John McKee Solicitors  also attended meetings of the alliance’s specialist technical groups that hosted roundtable discussions on topics such as the impact on internationally focused SMEs of recent international tax developments, particularly national implementations of proposals in the OECD/G20 Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS) project that is targeting tax avoidance and that have a bearing on permanent establishment risks and transfer pricing strategies.

The conference also saw alliance Chairman John Kleopas (Kleopas Alliott, Greece) hand over the reins to new Chairman Ken Miles (NSBN LLP, Los Angeles) after serving a four year term that has culminated in the alliance recently winning the 2016 Rising Star Association of the Year award from The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin (Timetric).

James Hickey, Alliott Group’s CEO comments: “This year’s Worldwide Conference was our largest to date in terms of the number of attendees. It was the marquee event of our Business Advantage Program that included events at the national, regional and international levels, as well as training and education programs that were designed to support growing local professional services firms that want to reach the next level of their development but remain fully independent.”

About John McKee Solicitors

John McKee is a Top Tier commercial law firm with a multi-jurisdictional team and specialist capability in financial services, dispute resolution, real estate and corporate legal services for international clients. As our banking and corporate clients often require advice and representation throughout the UK and further afield, we have the opportunity to refer business to partner firms in other jurisdictions.


About Alliott Group

Founded in 1979, and with some 170 member firms in 65 countries, Alliott Group ( is an award winning international alliance of independent accounting and law firms that need deeper level of cross border resources to develop reputation, visibility and new business. Alliott Group provides services to help its member firms position themselves as the ‘go to’ firms in their local markets for businesses and private individuals with multi-market business interests.

For more information

To find out more about potential membership of Alliott Group or for professional assistance from our member firms around the world, please contact Alliott Group’s Head of Worldwide Marketing, Giles Brake ( or visit our website (