The Bar Council has rolled out a new training programme for young Chinese lawyers in a bid to promote English law in a growing international market of legal services.
In partnership with BPP Law School, nine Chinese lawyers with between two and 10 years’ post-qualification experience will participate in the Bar Council Training Scheme (BCTS), to enhance skills and knowledge of the English legal system.
In a statement chairman of the bar Michael Todd QC said: “The BCTS is a key part of our international strategy, which seeks to maintain the relevance of English law in a growing international market of legal services, promote the rule of law and continue to build strong relationships with international colleagues.”
The BCTS will incorporate key elements of the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme (LCTS), which ended in April 2011 after the Ministry of Justice withdrew funding.
Unlike the LCTS, BCTS will only involve the barrister-side of the profession, as well as having fewer places available.
Meanwhile, BPP is providing a one-week bespoke academic programme covering commercial law, contract law, contractual drafting and civil advocacy.
The Chinese lawyers will come from law firms including King and Wood Mallesons, Albright, Dacheng, H & Y and YinKe.
Todd QC added: “The BCTS is a worthy successor to the much-acclaimed LCTS, which created a lasting relationship between the UK and Chinese legal professions, and saw many of its participants go on to set up private law firms in China and become involved in drafting new Government legislation.”