The largest global gathering of water industry specialists will take place in Edinburgh this month when approximately 900 experts including government representatives, lawyers, regulators, environmental engineers and economists converge at the World Water Congress (WWC), a conference now in its 15th year.

Among those attending are sector specialists from UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn. The firm will play a prominent role at the Congress in that members of its highly regarded water practice will be either attending, speaking or chairing panel discussions, one of which will examine the roles of regulation and competition. It is also playing host to a raft of related briefings and seminars at its own offices, located right next door to the WWC venue, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Commenting on the importance of the Congress coming to Scotland, Shepherd and Wedderburn Partner and Head of Energy and Natural Resources, Gordon Downie, said:

“This is a unique opportunity to share and exchange ideas with leaders in the fields of water governance and regulation. The work we have been doing in the UK on water competition offers a possible blueprint for other jurisdictions. We are looking forward to making valuable new links during the week of the Congress.”

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: at