They first visited the second tier city of Hangzhou where they collaborated with the Hangzhou Lawyers Association to deliver a seminar to approximately eighty local lawyers focussing on legal structures, contracts and pitfalls when investing in English businesses and how Chinese companies can enforce obligations, judgments and awards under English law. This was followed by a reception which allowed discussions arising from the seminar to continue, and the lawyers to network with one another. A couple of local law firms were visited before the delegation travelled to Shanghai where they held a delegation along with the Law Society and the Great Britain China Centre to celebrate the successes of the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme and the Judges Training Programme.

The Bar then collaborated with the Law Society to host a Conference for eighty Shanghai lawyers entitled “Better Law: Better Business and Environment”, which complemented the Shanghai Expo theme of “Better City, Better Life”. Following panel discussions focussing on international dispute resolution and environmental law, the first of which was chaired by Lord Clarke of the Supreme Court, the Bar Council held workshops on Arbitration versus Litigation, Urgent Rememdies and the services offered by Barristers. The Conference was supported by the Ministry of Justice and UK Trade & Investment and was part of the UK Trade and Investment led Financial and
Professional Services week, which formed part of the UK’s participation in Shanghai Expo.

The Bar Council used the visit to launch the new promotional brochure, “A Brief Guide to Instructing a Barrister”, which was published in Mandarin.

The trip follows the Bar Council and Law Society’s visit to Beijing earlier this year and last November’s business development visit to Shanghai, when they jointly hosted a seminar on “Resolving International Disputes and Facilitating International Transactions”.