As part of our ongoing programmes to assist foreign lawyers from jurisdictions around the world to experience our legal system and consider areas of mutual interest, Chambers has been delighted to host Kawther Albarwani and Aisha Ibrahim Lb-Balushi as part of the Bar Council's new initiative with the British Embassy in Oman and the British Council Oman to arrange long-term mentoring for senior Omani prosecutors.
This week's scheme arranged for six prosecutors to be based in chambers across London in order to explore themes around anti-corruption and anti-money laundering practices in the UK. Kawther and Aisha shadowed and discussed cases with members of Chambers, visited courts, and analysed the differences between the English and Omani legal systems in order better to harmonise mutual legal assistance between the two jurisdictions.
Commenting on the success of the placements, Amanda Pinto QC (also Chair of the Bar Council's International Committee) said "This is an excellent scheme to promote and encourage the rule of law, and particularly on this occasion to explore comparative laws in the areas of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering. Every Chambers that participated found it to be extremely valuable, and we look forward very much to working further with our Omani colleagues on this initiative in the coming years."
Amanda and Fiona Jackson will continue to mentor Kawther and Aisha upon their return to Oman.