Today, 4 November Latvian Ambassador Baiba Braže in the presence of Cabinet Secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs Fiona Hyslop, and other officials and guests will officially open the Honorary Consulate of Latvia in Glasgow. Latvia’s first honorary consulate in Glasgow was opened in 1922.
The newly appointed Honorary Consul David Kaye is a vastly experienced lawyer and a Partner in one of Scotland's leading firms, Harper Macleod LLP. The UK's leading guide to the legal profession ranks David as a 'Leader in the Field' and an expert in business law and franchising, noting his "professionalism, good counsel and calm manner". He has had a distinguished career, advising businesses, particularly those operating in the retail sector, on a wide range of commercial matters and acting as company secretary to a large number of companies. He is also regarded as Scotland's leading franchising lawyer.
Mr Kaye is the first Honorary Consul to be appointed in Glasgow since Latvia regained independence in 1991. Latvia was last represented in Glasgow by Honorary Consul Robert Marshall, who died in 1958. The Honorary Consul represents the interests for Latvians in the district and strengthens the partnership between Latvia and Glasgow in culture, tourism and economic links.