Last December, the International Committee of the Bar Council delivered a training programme for UAE judges, prosecutors, civil servants and practitioners. A team of four senior barristers, delivered two seminars funded by the UAE government, one on delivering legal services for government entities and one on professional ethics for UAE practitioners.
The UAE is seeking to strengthen the way it commissions legal services from the private sector and was interested to learn how the system works in the UK both on the civil and criminal side. It is equally keen to strengthen the professionalism of UAE practitioners. To this end it is beginning work on a Code of Conduct for the profession and the UAE Ministry of Justice has asked the Bar Council to assist.
In addition we are exploring further CPD programmes to be delivered by our practitioners and a chambers placement programme for young UAE practitioners.
This programme of work will be taken forward on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding currently being discussed with the UAE Ministry of Justice. We are pleased that our strategic engagement with the UAE over the last three years is bearing fruit and as a result more professional links will be set up in due course.