Raising the profile of the Bar in China

Barristers headed to Shanghai in September to promote English legal services in China.


Ten Bar Council delegates joined with a party from the Law Society to host a conference, “Better Law: Better Business and Environment”, as part of the UK’s showing in Shanghai Expo. They met with Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme (“LCTS”) alumni at a reception being co-hosted with the Great Britain China Centre (“GBCC”), to celebrate the successes of the LCTS programme and the GBCC led Judges Training Scheme.

The Bar Council hosted a separate seminar in Hangzhou with the Hangzhou Lawyers Association, and launched the promotional brochure, “A Brief Guide to Instructing a Barrister”, which is published in Mandarin.

The delegates included solicitor co-chairman of the China Law Council, Neil Sampson, and Bar Chairman, Nick Green QC.
Green said: “The Bar has much to offer to a range of international markets, and it is important that we continue to promote the advocacy and advisory services which the Bar can provide.

“Delegations such as this are crucial in maintaining the relevance of English law in a growing and developing global and inter-connected market for legal services, in which China is coming to play an increasingly important role as a major engine of growth in the world economy. Barristers have an important part to play in supporting this growth through their specialist advocacy and advisory skills.”

A Bar Council and Law Society delegation visited Beijing earlier this year, and hosted a seminar in Shanghai last November on “Resolving International Disputes and Facilitating International Transactions”.

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