Farewell to the Young Chinese Lawyers

A large group of people involved in delivering the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme (LCTS) including barrister and solicitor mentors and representatives from SOAS, the British Council and Ministry of Justice attended an enjoyable reception held in the Prince’s Room of middle Temple to celebrate the lawyers’ successful completion of the programme and bid them well on their journeys back to China.

As the lawyers’ team captain, Ronghua Shen (also known as Leslie) remarked in his moving and humorous speech, it is not so much a goodbye as a see you later, with many lasting friendships formed between the lawyers from both jurisdictions, regular alumni events in China which enable friendships to be maintained, and one of the lawyers staying in the UK to set up a London branch of her Chinese law firm. The next and final group of LCTS lawyers will arrive in mid June. Any barristers interested in mentoring one of the lawyers within their chambers should contact International Projects Officer, Sarah Richardson SRichardson@BarCouncil.org.uk.