Alison Hook is director of trade and regulatory affairs at Hook Tangaza, a professional services advisory firm which provides strategy, governance, regulatory and business development services to the legal sector. Alison is chair of the International Bar Association’s Trade in Legal Services Committee and a member of the Astana International Financial Centre’s Advisory Panel on legal regulation. She acts as the convenor of the International Conference of Legal Regulators, an informal network for bars and other regulatory bodies for lawyers to share information and experience. She has advised on many aspects of trade and regulation in various African jurisdictions and has acted as an expert to both the EAC and COMESA on trade in professional services, including legal. Her previous roles have included: Head of International at the Law Society of England and Wales, Deputy Head of European Commission’s Representation to the UK, member of cabinet of Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan in the European Commission, and various diplomatic posts in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She is an economist by training.