Bar Council sends delegation to South Korea as part of exchange program

23 April 2014

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will send a delegation of English barristers to South Korea from 28 April to 9 May as part of an exchange programme.

The programme builds on the Bar Council's growing relationship with the Korean Bar Association. A Memorandum of Understanding signed last year provides a framework for co-operation between the organisations on matters of mutual interest.

The jointly-organised exchange seeks to develop the ability of participants to practise internationally, raise the profile of the English and Welsh Bar in South Korea, and promote barristers' expertise as advocates and specialist legal advisers.

Six English barristers will take part in a two-week legal programme focused on placements with key Korean law firms. They will also visit key legal institutions such as the Ministry of Justice, the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre and the Supreme Court, and receive an introductory course in the Korean legal system.

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"South Korea is an important developing legal market, with particular opportunities for the Bar in the areas of finance, shipping, and construction law.

"This exchange programme will strengthen our existing relationship with the Korean Bar Association and create further business development opportunities for the legal profession."

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Notes to Editors

1. Further information is available from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 and Press@BarCouncil.org.uk.

2. The exchange programme was launched when a group of Korean lawyers visited London for three weeks in April 2013 to participate in an academic programme to gain an insight into the English legal system. The next exchange opportunity for Korean lawyers to visit London will take place in the summer of 2015.

3. 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.