At the weekend a delegation of barristers left for Brazil, in the first trade mission to the country organised exclusively by the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales.
The mission builds on a growing relationship with Brazilian lawyers and their governing body, Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB), with which the Bar Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding last year, which provides a framework for co-operation between the two organisations on matters of mutual interest.
Supported by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the Bar Council’s visit seeks to raise the profile of the English and Welsh Bar in Brazil and to promote barristers’ expertise as advocates and specialist legal advisers in international dispute resolution.
The visit will also provide a platform for barristers to build professional networks with lawyers in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
The mission begins in Rio with a joint event with the Rio Chapter of the OAB with the event opened by the Rt Hon Ken Clarke QC MP. The second leg will take place in São Paulo where the Bar Council’s chairman, Nicholas Lavender QC will be taking the lead.
During the mission, the barristers will be speaking at events especially organised and visiting local law firms, promoting the English Bar. The chairman and the International Committee lead on Brazil and Latin America will then travel to Brasilia to meet with the President of the Federal Counsel of the OAB and the Chief Justice of Brazil.
Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar, said: “I am delighted to lead this Bar delegation to Brazil, which will strengthen our existing connections with key Bar associations there, and create further business development opportunities for the legal profession.
“The mission will also create a better understanding of the local legal markets, through meetings with law firms and other legal organisations. We look forward to exploring further ways of working with this developing market and to the significant opportunities that this visit will bring for all parties.”