The newly launched Bar Council training scheme began on 11 June with a week of legal training provided by BPP law school. This six week training programme replaces the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme, which ran for 20 years, and focuses on international commercial law.
This year, nine Chinese lawyers with between two and 10 years’ post qualification experience, exceptional English language skills, and experience and a strong interest in international commercial law and dispute resolution, were selected to participate in the programme. They come from some of China’s leading firms, including King and Wood, Albright, Dacheng, H&Y and Yinke. The week of legal training at BPP will be followed by five weeks in barristers’ chambers, supplemented with specialist legal seminars, visits to key legal institutions and social events.
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 practice. 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.