Brazilian-British lawyers' exchange programme


Programme Overview

Brazilian British Lawyers Exchange Programme for young lawyers is jointly organised by the Bar Council and the Law Society in partnership with the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB) and Lex Anglo-Brasil.

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. 

This year we are pleased to be extending the scheme to Mexican and Colombian lawyers which we hope will enrich the programme and enhance the international networking opportunities for participating lawyers and hosting chambers/law firms. 

For any queries regarding the Brazilian-British lawyers' exchange programme, please contact Jessica Crofts-Lawrence.

Opportunity for chambers to host a young lawyer

The Bar Council's International Committee is seeking barristers' chambers willing to host these lawyers for one or two weeks, from 7 - 18 May 2018.

Interested chambers must have an international element to their practice, and should be able to offer at least one mentor to guide the lawyer through their placement. Placements are similar in substance a mini pupillage and should include some of the following elements: 

  • Visiting different types of court

  • An insight into case management

  • Discussion of ethics, code of conduct and some of the challenges of practice

  • Introduction to the operation of chambers

  • The opportunity to read and research and do written work

  • Participation in meetings, conferences and chambers social events

If you are interested in hosting a lawyer, please complete the application form and send it to Kathy Wong  by EOB Friday 2 March

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.