Solicitor sworn in as new Honorary Consul for the Netherlands in East Anglia
Solicitor Andrew D. K. Wood, who is based in Norwich, was sworn in on 7 December by Dutch Ambassador to the UK Simon Smits as the new Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands for East Anglia, with responsibility for the counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
Andrew works full-time as Consultant Solicitor at Birketts LLP in Norwich. He is Head of the Anglo-Dutch desk, specializing in Anglo-Dutch legal work, and has been recognized by Legal 500 and Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in the region for his Anglo-Dutch specialism. He acts for a range of businesses locally and nationally, in particular Dutch-owned companies operating in the UK.
After reading English history at the University of East Anglia, Andrew specialised in 17th century history and developed an active interest in Anglo-Dutch history. He is a regular visitor to the Netherlands, speaking regularly at events about Anglo-Dutch business and legal matters. In addition to being a member of the Commercial Anglo-Netherlands Society, the Anglo-Netherlands Society and the Institute of Directors (Norfolk, national and Dutch branches), he is also a director of the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce (The Hague and London).
Upon his appointment, Andrew said: “I am absolutely delighted to take on the role of Honorary Consul and I look forward to representing the Netherlands in Norwich, which has much shared history with the Low Countries. This is the pinnacle of many years working to develop strong links between the UK and the Netherlands”.
There are currently 13 Honorary Consuls for the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the United Kingdom (Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Dover, Edinburgh, Guernsey, Hull, Liverpool/Manchester (combined), Norwich, Southampton, Hamilton (Bermuda) and Gibraltar).