Bar Council Hosts Delegation of Lawyers from Russia as Part of Exchange Programme

6 May 2014

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will host a delegation of lawyers from Russia as part of a Russian-British lawyer exchange programme from 6 to 30 May.

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

Ten Russian lawyers from Moscow and St Petersburg will spend four weeks in London, of which one week will be spent at the BPP Law School, with the remaining three weeks on placements in barristers' chambers. The lawyers will also spend two days in Leeds with the North Eastern Circuit.

The programme is supported by the British Russian Law Association, the Russian Federal Chambers of Lawyers, the Moscow City Bar Association, the St Petersburg Bar Association, and the BPP Law School.

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"The Russian-British young lawyers' exchange programme offers a unique opportunity for Russian lawyers to experience practice at the Bar of England and Wales.

"I am delighted to welcome such an impressive group of young Russian lawyers here to London to improve their understanding of how the English legal system works and to develop their professional networks."


 Notes to Editors

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

2. The Russian-British lawyer exchange programme was launched in 2012 under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Justice of the UK. The programme began on 13 February 2012 when nine young Russian lawyers came to London for six weeks to participate in introductory training in the English legal system and to complete placements in chambers and law firms. 

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.