Bar Council launches new training scheme for Chinese lawyers - opportunity for chambers to host lawyers

The International Committee is pleased to launch its new training scheme for Chinese lawyers, replacing the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme which ended in 2011 after twenty successful years.

The new scheme will take place from 11 June to 20 July 2012, and will focus on the training of approximately ten young Chinese lawyers in international commercial law through practical placements in chambers, together with a bespoke academic programme provided by BPP University College in London.

This will be supplemented with a programme of legal seminars and social events. The lawyers will have practised commercial law for between two and ten years, will have excellent English. The participating Chinese lawyers will gain an understanding of the English legal system, the way barristers operate and how to instruct them whilst at the same time building the legal skills and knowledge required for international practise. The chambers that host the lawyers will gain a unique insight into the Chinese legal market. In addition, useful business contacts will be established between lawyers of both jurisdictions.

The International Committee is seeking barristers’ chambers willing to host a Chinese Lawyer for five weeks, from 18 June to 20 July. Interested chambers must practice in areas of interest to Chinese commercial lawyers, have an international element to their practice, and should be able to offer one or preferably two mentors to guide the Chinese lawyer through their placement. Placements are similar in substance a mini pupillage and should include some of the following elements:
  • visiting different types of cour
  • an insight into case management
  • discussion of ethics, code of conduct and some of the challenges of practice
  • introduction to the operation of chambers
  • the opportunity to read and research and do written work, and
  • participation in meetings, conferences and chambers social events
If you wish to express your interest in participating in the programme, or would like to learn more about the programme or the role of the mentor please contact Sarah Richardson, International Projects Officer, at SRichardson@BarCouncil.org.uk, or 020 7611 1316. The deadline for expressions of interest is 16 March 2012.
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