11 Jun, 2012

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today launched a new training programme for young Chinese lawyers, incorporating the best elements of the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme (LCTS), which ended last April after 20 years of Ministry of Justice funding.


The six-week Bar Council Training Scheme (BCTS) has a focus on the training of young Chinese lawyers in international commercial law through practical placements at chambers and a bespoke academic programme provided by BPP University. Nine Chinese lawyers with between two and 10 years’ post-qualification experience have been selected for the programme. They come from some of China’s leading firms including King and Wood Mallesons, Albright, Dacheng, H&Y and YinKe.


The participating lawyers will gain an understanding of the English legal system, the way barristers operate and how to instruct them, in addition to building the legal skills and knowledge required for international practice. The host chambers will gain an important insight into the Chinese legal market.


The scheme will enhance participants’ legal skills and knowledge, enable them to develop useful contacts, and assist them in building a successful international legal practice. In addition, their law firm can expect to gain valuable international contacts and an awareness of the international legal market.


Michael Todd QC, the Chairman of the Bar, said: “It is a great pleasure to be launching the new BCTS, which represents many months of planning and development. The BCTS is a key part of our international strategy, which seeks to maintain the relevance of English law in a growing international market of legal services, promote the rule of law and continue to build strong relationships with international colleagues.”


“With the Bar playing an increasingly visible role in a global market place, it is vital that we use that position to share our knowledge and ideas with other jurisdictions, whether via exchanges, business delegations or training.”


“The new BCTS will be a rewarding experience for all those who take part. It is a worthy successor to the much-acclaimed LCTS, which created a lasting relationship between the UK and Chinese legal professions, and saw many of its participants go on to set up private law firms in China and become in involved in drafting new Government legislation.”

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