UK Bar Council hosts Chinese lawyers in secondment program

August 9, 2012 The General Council of the Bar, which regulates the Bar in England and Wales, has launched a new training scheme for young Chinese lawyers to do secondments in London's top barristers' chambers, with the first intake completing the six-week program last week.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage links between British and Chinese lawyers in the hope that familiarity and cross-cultural knowledge will translate into professional cooperation down the line - especially on international arbitration matters, where English law is often the jurisdiction of choice.

Bar Council chair Michael Todd QC is keen not just to "maintain the relevance of English law in a growing international market of legal services", but to "promote the rule of law" in China.

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