Latin American Exchange Programme

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The Latin American Exchange Programme for young lawyers is now approaching its sixth year. The programme was initially set up by the Bar Council, the Law Society and the 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 as part of the International Committee's efforts to expand its work in Latin America. 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 (AsociaciĆ³n Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI)). 

If you have any queries relating to the Latin American Exchange Programme, please email Lesley Orero at or +44 (0) 207 611 1456. 

Previous participants' experiences

Barristers' experiences:

Brazilian lawyers' experiences:

Promoting UK - Brazil legal links


The Law Society and the Bar Council signed agreements with the OAB to strengthen ties between the organisations and their members. This Programme is part of the implementation of these agreements which have also seen high level visits by each organisation and ongoing dialogue on policy matters of mutual interest.
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.