The Latin American Exchange Programme for young lawyers is now approaching its seventh year.
The next instalment of the scheme will be between April-May 2020 and will include an incoming delegation of between 10-15 lawyers from Brazil, Mexico and Colombia.
The programme is aimed at facilitating the sharing of knowledge and developing legal links and legal business with Latin America.
The programme typically includes:
- A short bespoke academic programme provided by BPP University;
- A series of legal seminars and vocational training sessions;
- A one or two week placement in barristers' chambers and,
- A busy and interesting social and networking programme, which includes visits to key legal institutions such as courts.
The programme was initially set up by the Bar Council, the Law Society and the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (Brazilian Bar Association (OAB)) following the Bar Council's first business development mission to Brazil. The programme began in November 2014 with a group of 10 Brazilian lawyers participating in a four-week programme in London. The programme has since seen two groups of young British lawyers head to Brazil for a two-week programme in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and a further group of Brazilian lawyers visiting London in 2016.
In 2018 the programme was extended to Colombian and Mexican lawyers. In addition to the Law Society and the OAB, the programme is now also supported by the three main voluntary Mexican Bar Associations (Barra Mexicana, Asociacion Nacional de Abogados de Empresa (ANADE), Illustre y Nacional Colegio de Abogados (INCAM)) as well as the chamber of legal services of the National Association of Employers of Colombia (Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI)).
If you have any queries relating to the Latin American Exchange Programme, please contact Stephanie Brown.
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The Bar Council and the Law Society supported the launch of Lex Anglo-Brasil , a bilateral organisation linking lawyers in each country with events and updates on legal developments.