21 Nov, 2011

Bar Council sends delegation to China:


The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, is sending a delegation led by the Chairman of the Bar, Peter Lodder QC, (pictured) on a business development visit to China this week.


The visit is part of a long-term strategy to raise the profile of the English and Welsh Bar in China, promoting barristers’ expertise in international dispute resolution as advocates and specialist legal advisers.


The Bar Council will host seminars in Beijing on Tuesday 22 November and Tianjin on Thursday 24 November, which will be chaired by Peter Lodder QC and aimed at Chinese commercial lawyers and in-house counsel.


The seminar in Beijing will look at international arbitration from both English and Chinese perspectives, and explore how it is conducted and perceived by PRC law firms and the ways in which barristers can help. The Tianjin seminar, co-hosted by the Tianjin Lawyers Association, will focus on competition law and the Bribery Act.


The Bar Council will also host a reception for alumni of the Chinese Lawyers’ Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme (LCTS) at the residence of the British Ambassador in Beijing. The event will celebrate the success of the programme and highlight the strength of the friendships that have grown between the English and Chinese legal professions. It will also help to foster understanding of the differences and complementarities in our legal systems and highlight the ways we can work together.


Peter Lodder QC, Chairman of the Bar, said: “The widening of international practise opportunities has been a major focus for the Bar Council. China is an important market for legal services. We will build upon existing links to forge an even closer relationship.


“In our seminars we will demonstrate the high quality, high value services offered by the Bar and explore opportunities for further collaboration with local Bar associations and law firms.”

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