Bar Council hosts delegation of lawyers from China in third year of its training scheme

29 May 2014

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will host a delegation of lawyers from China as part of a training scheme from 2 June to 18 July.

The programme is now in its third year and succeeds the Lord Chancellor's Training Scheme, which operated for twenty years.

Twelve Chinese lawyers from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Lanzhou will spend seven weeks in London. This includes one week spent at BPP Law School, one week visiting courts and legal institutions, and five weeks undertaking practical placements in chambers. This programme will be supplemented with evening seminars and social networking functions.

The scheme aims to provide Chinese lawyers with an understanding of the English legal system and the opportunity to experience practice at the Bar of England and Wales.

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"The Bar Council's training scheme provides an opportunity for Chinese lawyers to improve their understanding of how the English legal system works, and to enhance their legal skills and knowledge in the area of international commercial law, with a particular emphasis on dispute resolution.

"The bespoke programme will enable the group to develop valuable contacts and assist them in building a successful international legal practice. Similarly, the chambers hosting these lawyers will gain a unique insight into the Chinese legal market."

Peter Crisp, Dean of the Law School at BPP University, said:

"We are delighted to be hosting the Bar Council Training Scheme at BPP University. We see this collaboration as a wonderful opportunity to enrich global learning experiences and reach out to practitioners worldwide."


Notes to Editors

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

2. There are 15 chambers hosting the Chinese lawyers whilst they are in the UK: Keating, Erskine, 20 Essex Street, Quadrant, Monckton, XXIV Old Buildings, Henderson, 4 King's Bench Walk, 7KBW, Blackstone, Stone, 4 Pump Court, 39 Essex Street, 4 New Square and Maitland. The annual training scheme is growing in popularity with over 50 applications received this year.

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