Bar Council Continues to Strengthen Ties with Brazil

20 March 2014

Nicholas Lavender QC, the Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will lead a delegation of barristers on a business development mission to Brazil, from 22 to 28 March.

The mission builds on a growing relationship with the Brazilian lawyers and their governing body, Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB), with which the Bar Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding last year, which provides a framework for co-operation between the two organisations on matters of mutual interest.

Supported by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the Bar Council's visit seeks to raise the profile of the English and Welsh Bar in Brazil and to promote barristers' expertise as advocates and specialist legal advisers in international dispute resolution.

The visit will also provide a platform for barristers to build professional networks with lawyers in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

The mission includes a market briefing with UKTI, an in-house counsel meeting and law firm visits. There will also be a networking reception in Rio de Janeiro hosted by OAB, to be opened by previous Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, The Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke QC MP.

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"I am delighted to lead this Bar delegation to Brazil, which will strengthen our existing connections with key Bar associations there, and create further business development opportunities for the legal profession.

"The mission will also create a better understanding of the local legal markets, through meetings with law firms and other legal organisations. We look forward to exploring further ways of working with this developing market and to the significant opportunities that this visit will bring for all parties."

                                                                 ENDS

Notes to Editors

1. For further information, please contact the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525.

2. In October 2012, the Bar Council undertook an explorative visit to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, which coincided with a visit by the Lord Mayor of London. The visit established important contacts with a number of organisations such as the OAB and laid the ground work for the Bar Council's first business development mission. The exploratory visit also provided the Bar Council with further insight into the legal market and the conditions for doing legal business in Brazil.

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.