The presidents of the Law Society and the Brazilian Bar have signed an agreement to strengthen ties between the two organisations and their members over the next two years. The agreement came at the end of a two day visit to London by senior members of the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB) at the invitation of the Law Society, Bar Council and Ministry of Justice.

During the visit the Law Society and OAB held discussions on promoting legal links and business between Brazil and the UK, as well as regulation and other issues affecting lawyers from both countries.

Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said: “It is fitting that solicitors in England and Wales, led by the Law Society, will be strengthening links with their Brazilian counterparts in the same year that the Olympic Games have passed from London to Rio.

“Brazil’s economy is developing in infrastructure, energy and with the Olympics and football World Cup set for Brazil, sport is a growth economy too.

“I am confident that after the OAB has visited us in London, and after we have visited Brazil, relations between both legal sectors will be much stronger and the foundation will be in place for further cementing links.

“The purpose of these inward visits from overseas bars, and our trade missions, is to give our members access to new markets and to share with lawyers from other jurisdictions best-practice across a range of areas.”

Contact charlotte.ford@lawsociety.org.uk for more information on our work in Brazil and Latin America.