Bar Council launches new exchange scheme with the Korean Bar

25 April 2013

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, in partnership with the Korean Bar Association, has launched a three-week exchange scheme for Korean lawyers.

The exchange will see a group of commercial Korean lawyers, who have been in practice for between two and ten years, visit England to build their knowledge of English Law and the English legal system. The exchange will take place from Monday 29 April to Friday 17 May.

The lawyers from the Korean Bar will attend a programme of international commercial law seminars, delivered by English barristers, with an emphasis on arbitration and litigation, as well carrying out practical placements in chambers. The programme aims to enhance participants' legal skills and assist them in creating successful international legal practices.

In return, the exchange will see a group of young English barristers placed with Korean firms in 2014.

Participants will also attend a week-long bespoke academic programme, provided free-of-charge by BPP Law School.

Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"I am very pleased to be launching another international exchange programme, and solidifying links with our counterparts at the Korean Bar. This scheme forms a key component to the Bar Council's international strategy, and ensures that the Bar continues to share its knowledge and values, as well as solidifying its place in the growing global legal services market.

"The training scheme is not only educational, but also a very rewarding experience for all involved and a great opportunity to build lasting relationships across new jurisdictions."



Notes to editors

1. Further information is available from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 252.

2. For more information about the Korean Exchange Scheme, please click  here.

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.