22 February 2012
Watson, Farley & Williams, (“WFW”) a leading international law firm, has recently advised Presence Switzerland at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on the contracts to establish the House of Switzerland at the 2012 London Olympics.
Since 1992, the House of Switzerland has been the official Swiss hospitality venue at the Olympics. For the 2012 London Games, a site on the Thames centred at Glaziers Hall, near London Bridge, was selected. The House of Switzerland serves not only as a platform for Switzerland’s communication abroad, but also as a central meeting place for decision-makers from the fields of business, politics, tourism, science and sport. In keeping with the tradition of Swiss national houses, it will be open to the general public.
Contracts to assemble the House of Switzerland were concluded with Glaziers Hall, Southwark Cathedral and Davy’s of London.
WFW Commercial partner Felicity Jones led the advice with additional input from Real Estate partner Gary Ritter. WFW consultant David Harvey, who is the official solicitor to the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom and a special adviser to the House of Switzerland project, coordinated the firm’s role.
David Harvey, head of WFW’s Swiss Desk, comments: “We have been honoured and delighted to assist Presence Switzerland towards realising the exciting concept for the House of Switzerland at this year’s London Olympics.”