The Bar Council’s International Committee had designed Brazil a priority jurisdiction, given the significant growth of its international trade, which brings with it an increasing demand for international legal services. The International Committee had useful discussions with the OAB about the services the Bar can provide to Brazilian law firms and the legal services available to Brazilian clients in London (see www. unlockingdisputes.com). Vice-Chairman Maura McGowan QC co-hosted a networking reception, attended by more than 30 barristers. The Bar Council is planning to organise a trade mission to Brazil towards the end of 2013 which will be widely advertised to the profession.