The International Committee of the Bar Council is seeking barristers’ chambers willing to offer placements for 12 young Chinese Lawyer for 11 weeks, from 24 January and 15 April 2011 (with the week beginning 31 January off for Chinese New Year).

The lawyers are participants in the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme. Before starting their barrister placements they study English legal language, English law and also complete a placement with a solicitors’ firm. The lawyers are aged between 26 and 40, have completed at least two years of legal practice in China (and are often partners in their firms) and have excellent English language skills.

Interested chambers must be in the commercial field (in the broader sense), have demonstrable interest in China, and should be able to offer one or preferably two mentors to guide the Chinese lawyer through their placement. Placements typically consist of:

  • Visiting different types of court
  • The opportunity to read and study
  • Some written work
  • Discussion of ethics, code of conduct and some of the challenges of practice
  • An insight into case management
  • Introduction to the operation of chambers
  • Participation in meetings and conferences and chambers social events

However, the programme is flexible and should be negotiated between the chambers, mentor and Chinese Lawyer at the beginning of the placement to ensure that all parties have their interests addressed.

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 Office, at srichardson@barcouncil.org.uk, or 020 7611 1316.