Junior Bar invited to join Brazilian British Lawyers Exchange Programme

26 March 2015

Following the success of the inaugural Brazilian-British Lawyers Exchange Programme in November 2014, which saw Brazilian lawyers head to England to work alongside their counterparts, the return leg of the programme in which a group of junior barristers and solicitors will visit Brazil for two weeks in May 2015 is now open for applications. 

The exchange programme is a joint initiative between the Bar Council, the Law Society, BPP Law School, the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB) and Lex Anglo-Brasil, aimed at barristers between two and 10 years call. Participants will gain familiarity with an important foreign jurisdiction, knowledge of the operation of its legal system and develop professional contacts.  

Seen as a potential career-boosting initiative, the visit to Brazil between 11 and 22 May 2015 will see participants from the England & Wales Bar take part in a jam-packed programme. 

Daniel Sternberg, chair of the Bar Council's Young Barristers' Committee, said: "Brazil and the wider Latin American region is a vastly growing market for legal services, the major benefit of this exchange programme is for those barristers taking part to get a first-hand understanding of the Brazilian legal sector, make potentially life-long contacts there and to gain vital international experience early on in their careers. 

"The Bar Council has been working overtime to strengthen links with Brazil, most recently with a trade mission visit there, led by the chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC, which I attended. The clear desire of the Brazilian sector to do business with the Bar in England & Wales was evident. With that in mind, many chambers in future could be looking to recruit those barristers with links to Latin America. Whilst there is particular interest in mediation and arbitration, the exchange will be, participating in the Brazilian exchange programme will be a glowing addition to any barrister's CV." 

The Brazil leg of the programme will see participants take part in:

  • A day-long introduction to the programme and introduction to the Brazilian profession;
  • A two-day academic programme, specifically designed for this exchange programme;
  • Placements in local law firms that undertake commercial and international work;
  • A two-day trip to Brazil's capital city, Brasilia;
  • Visits to key legal institutions such as the Brazilian National Congress, the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court, the Brazilian Superior Electoral Court, the Superior Labour Court; and
  • A social and networking programme. 

The programme is aimed at solicitors and barristers with a commercial focus. In 2013, the Law Society and the Bar Council supported the launch of Lex Anglo-Brasil, a dynamic bilateral organisation linking lawyers in each country through events and updates on legal developments. The Law Society and the Bar Council signed agreements with the OAB to strengthen ties between the organisations and their members. The exchange programme is part of the implementation of these agreements, which have also seen high level visits by each organisation and ongoing dialogue on policy matters of mutual interest. 

Find out more about how to join the exchange programme at http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/for-the-bar/international/opportunities/placement-and-exchange-programmes/brazilian-british-lawyer-exchange-programme/ 

Application to participate in the programme can contact the Bar Council's International Policy Analyst, Jessica Crofts-Lawrence at JCrofts-Lawrence@BarCouncil.org.uk by EOB on Friday 3 April 2015.

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