Countdown to World Water Congress

22 May 2015

Countdown to World Water Congress

It’s only a few days until government representatives, lawyers, regulators, environmental engineers and economists from around the globe descend on Edinburgh to attend the World Water Congress.

Among those taking their place in the impressive speaker line-up for the five-day event are water sector experts from leading UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn.

On Tuesday (26th May), delegates will have the opportunity to hear Fiona Parker, a solicitor at the firm, discuss Public and Private Participation – the Scottish Water Model. The following afternoon, Gordon Downie, Partner and Head of Regulation at Shepherd and Wedderburn, will chair a special panel discussion.

He will be joined by fellow Partner Liz McRobb; Alan Sutherland, Chief Executive, Water Industry Commission for Scotland; Professor Stephen Littlechild, Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham; and Aziza Akhmouch PhD, Head of Water Governance Programme, OECD.

The session will explore links between the OECD water governance initiative and the development of economic regulation and competition in the UK water sector along with the potential for these approaches to be developed in other jurisdictions.

Gordon said: “The Congress represents a unique opportunity to share and exchange ideas with leaders in the fields of water governance and regulation. We are looking forward to making valuable new links over the course of this event.”

The World Water Congress takes place between 25th and 29th May at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Further information on the programme and details on how to register can be found at

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