Omani lawyers focus of new mentorship programme

24 March 2015

The Bar Council, in collaboration with Beyond Borders, has launched a new mentorship programme for Omani Lawyers.

The programme builds on the Bar Council's growing relationship with the Omani legal profession and aims to strengthen relations and increase understanding between the two jurisdictions.

The programme was developed following a series of legal workshops organised by the Bar Council's International Rule of Law Group and Beyond Borders for Omani prosecutors, representatives from the police, the Omani National Bank and the Royal Palace.

Participating lawyers have been partnered with mentors in the UK to help them gain an understanding of the English legal system, enhance their legal skills, and enable them to develop valuable contacts.

The programme includes ongoing email correspondence between mentees and their mentors, and a one week placement in chambers based in the UK, which took place in February this year.

Christian Wisskirchen, Head of International Policy at the Bar Council, said:

"It is a great pleasure to have launched a new mentorship programme for Omani prosecution lawyers, which represents many months of planning and development.

"The one week chambers placement in the UK, which was conducted in February, marked a highly successful start to the programme. This was followed by a visit to Oman by a small UK delegation earlier this month, led by the Chair of the International Committee, Amanda Pinto QC.

"The new programme will be a rewarding experience for all those taking part, and offers a unique opportunity for Omani lawyers to experience practice at the Bar of England and Wales.

"The programme is a key component of our international strategy, which seeks to share best practice, promote the rule of law, and continue to build strong relationships with international colleagues.

"With the Bar playing an increasingly visible role internationally, it is vital that we use that position to share our knowledge and ideas with other jurisdictions, whether via exchanges, mentorship programmes, business delegations or training."

 

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