Bar Council's Mission

28 Mar, 2012

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will this week embark on a business development mission to Singapore and South Korea, promoting the services of the world-class Bar and legal system of England and Wales.

A large delegation, including barristers from 11 sets of chambers and representatives from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the Bar Council’s International Committee, will have an opportunity to build relationships with local legal networks and gain an understanding of how changing regulations will create new opportunities for barristers.

Michael Todd QC (pictured), Chairman of the Bar Council, said: “Singapore and South Korea are fast becoming priority legal markets. While Singapore has rapidly developed to become one of the most important centres for dispute resolution in the world, South Korea recently pledged to liberalise its legal services market, which is allowing international law firms to open offices there for the first time.

“With its reputation for excellence and integrity, the Bar of England and Wales is poised to make the most of these developments and explore opportunities for collaboration with the local legal professions. I look forward to a busy programme of meetings this week with politicians, judges and representatives from a number of important local firms and Bar associations.

“The Bar has much to offer the international legal market, and is widely recognised for the quality of its advocacy and professionalism of its services. Proactive engagement of this kind is essential for imparting the message that the Bar of England and Wales is open for business and capable of operating efficiently at a global level.”

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