Bar Council to send first business development mission to Kazakhstan

25 March 2015

The Bar Council is raising the Bar's international profile by embarking on a new business development mission to Kazakhstan.

The mission will take place from 26 to 30 April 2015 and joins a host of other jurisdictions the Bar Council has visited, which so far has included Brazil, South Korea, Russia, China, India and Singapore, as well as multiple visits to the Middle East and Gulf regions.

Supported by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the visit seeks to raise the profile of the English and Welsh Bar in Kazakhstan and to promote barristers' expertise as advocates in international dispute resolution and as specialist legal advisers.

The visit will provide a platform for barristers to build professional networks with local lawyers in Astana and Almaty and includes a market briefing with UKTI, seminars on international arbitration and corporate governance, in-house counsel meetings and networking receptions.

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

"Kazakhstan is a rapidly growing economic state in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region and has the largest legal market in dispute resolution after Russia.

"The mission presents unique business development opportunities for our legal profession with Kazakhstan generating a significant number of disputes both in the Rolls Building and in arbitrations in London. It is also a source of significant corporate governance, regulatory and criminal law work, which will be of particular interest to members of the criminal Bar.

"The mission aims to create a better understanding of the local legal markets, through meetings with law firms and other organisations. We look forward to exploring further ways of working with this developing market and to the significant opportunities that this visit will bring for all parties."



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