Bar Council launches second annual scheme for young Chinese lawyers

7 June 2013

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will welcome Chinese lawyers to the UK for the second round of the Bar Council China Training Scheme (BCCTS), from 10 June - 19 July 2013.

The programme is aimed at Chinese-qualified lawyers who have spent between two and ten years in a practice involving international commercial law and dispute resolution.

The BCCTS, which runs for six weeks, will see Chinese lawyers attend a week-long bespoke academic programme, provided pro bono by BPP Law School.

The participants will spend the following five weeks undertaking practical placements at barristers' chambers. They will gain a deeper understanding of the English legal system and the way in which barristers operate.

The Bar Council is confident that the programme will enhance participating lawyers' professional skills and knowledge and enable them to develop valuable contacts to assist them in building successful international legal practices.

Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"I am very pleased to support the second year of the BCCTS, to renew once again our friendship with the Chinese legal profession as part of our commitment to build relationships across the world and to enhance our profession's standing in the growing global legal services market. 

"This scheme is just one of many international initiatives of the Bar Council, be that exchanges, business delegations or training programmes, all of which form part of our international strategy aimed at sharing the knowledge and values of the Bar.

"We hope that the scheme will contribute to our deepening collaboration with the Chinese legal profession and form an important part of Chinese practitioners' efforts to expand their international practices."

Peter Crisp, Dean and CEO of BPP Law School, said:

"We are delighted to be collaborating with the Bar Council in the provision of such a rich international experience. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the delegation to BPP."

 ENDS

Notes to editors

Since its inception as the Practical Training Scheme in 1989, up to 15 young Chinese lawyers have participated in the LCTS/BCCTS every year. Many of them are highly successful leading practitioners, a number of them have gone on to set up private law firms in China, and many have been involved in drafting new Government legislation.

1. Further information is available from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525.

2. More information about the scheme can be found, here.

3. The Bar Council China Training Scheme replaced the Lord Chancellor's Training Scheme (LCTS) last year as the principal means by which the Bar Council of England and Wales trains Chinese lawyers. The LCTS came to an end in April 2011 when the ten-year programme, funded by the UK Ministry of Justice came to an end. 

Since its inception as the Practical Training Scheme in 1989, up to 15 young Chinese lawyers have participated in the LCTS/BCCTS every year. Many of them are highly successful leading practitioners, a number of them have gone on to set up private law firms in China, and many have been involved in drafting new Government legislation.

4.The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:

  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services

  • Fair access to justice for all

  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and

  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board