Brazilian and UK lawyers seek closer ties

27 Sep, 2012

The Brazilian Bar Association is in London this week to strengthen links with the UK’s legal sector.


As part of the two day programme, the Law Society and Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB) will look at how to promote legal business between the two jurisdictions, as well as regulation and other issues affecting lawyers from both nations.


The Law Society will also use the visit to discuss recent decision by the OAB to consider a new rule on partnerships between Brazilian and foreign firms.


The move comes ahead of a Law Society and UK Trade & Investment-led legal services delegation to Sao Paulo in October to coincide with the Lord Mayor’s visit to Brazil.


Law Society President Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said: “It is fitting that solicitors in England & Wales, led by the Law Society, will be strengthening links with their Brazilian counterparts in the same year that the Olympic Games have passed from London to Rio.


“Brazil’s economy is developing in infrastructure, energy and with the Olympics and football World Cup set for Brazil, sport is a growth economy too.


“I am confident that after the OAB has visited us in London, and after we have visited Brazil, relations between both legal sectors will be much stronger and the foundations will be in place for further cementing links.


“The purpose of these inward visits from overseas bars, and our trade missions, is to give our members access to new markets and to share with lawyers from other jurisdictions best-practice across a range of areas.”


As well as the Law Society and OAB signing a memorandum of understanding to strengthen ties between the two bodies, the programme includes meetings with the Ministry of Justice and the Bar Council and a networking event with UK law firms doing business in Brazil.

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