After a successful trip to England and Wales in 2023, it’s the turn of the Netherlands to host.

During the visits, both groups trade knowledge, learning, culture and contacts to strengthen their practices and build new relationships. One of the great features of the exchange is that attendees are hosted by a lawyer in the jurisdiction they are visiting, meaning that they are truly immersed in the experience.

The dates for the 2024 Anglo-Dutch Exchange have been confirmed as 9-12 July.

Discounts and further details

The Bar Council offers bursaries for barristers who are in Practising Certificate Fee (PCF) Income Bands 1 and 2.

  • PCF Band 1: £0 – £30,000
  • PCF Band 2 is £30,001 - £60,000

If selected, you will need to provide proof of income. Funding to cover travel and administrative costs will cover travel expenses and administrative costs, not day-to-day expenses. 

The timeline for applications is as follows:

  • Deadline for applications: 19 April
  • Reviewing and shortlisting: end of April, by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Young Barristers' Committee
  • Applicants notified (successful or unsuccessful): 3 May

The Bar of England and Wales is an outward-looking profession, and the Anglo-Dutch Exchange has been running since 1966 with the aim of building on the common principles of the two jurisdictions to advocate for access to justice and upholding the rule of law across Europe.

If you have any questions about the Exchange, please contact [email protected].

Past programmes

Find out more about the exchange from previous attendees and Counsel Magazine:

To say I am glad I applied is an understatement

Thomas E. Sherrington explains the benefits of attending the Anglo-Dutch Exchange 2022

I did not imagine that my career would take me overseas

Martha Smith-Higgins explains the benefits of attending the Anglo-Dutch Exchange 2022

I jumped at the chance to expand my knowledge

David J. M. Barr explains the benefits of attending the Anglo-Dutch Exchange 2022

In October 2022, the Anglo-Dutch Exchange took place for the first time since COVID-19. It involved a group of barristers from England and Wales visiting the Netherlands and being hosted by the Dutch Young Bars, to forge new partnerships and explore their legal culture.

Photo of 2022 Anglo-Dutch exchange attendees

Top row: David J.M. Barr, Goldsmith Chambers; Thorstein Eradus, DLA Piper; Emma Horner, 4 Stone Buildings; Rachel Mulder, of BarentsKrants; Martha Smith-Higgins, Apex Chambers, 

Bottom row: Stuart McMillan, Bar Council; Michael Harwood, Vice Chair Young Barristers’ Committee; Thomas Sherrington, St John’s Buildings; Meg Cochrane, 1 Essex Court; Pim van Grieken, Ten Holter Noordam advocaten; Lilian van der Harst, Hoens & Souren Advocaten; Michael Polak, Chair, Young Barristers’ Committee.