Estonian lawyers visit Scotland

FIVE senior Estonian lawyers, including the president of the country's bar association, Aare Tark, have arrived in Scotland for placements with law firms,

The visit, organised by the Law Society of Scotland, is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Know-How Fund.

Scottish law firms McGrigor Donald, McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner, Dorman Jeffrey, Murray Beith & Murray and Drummond Miller will play host to the visitors for up to five weeks.

The visit will focus on practice management, standards of conduct and aspects of Scottish law.

Trips will be arranged to the courts, the prosecution service, the Department of Registers and the Law Society.

Deputy secretary of the society, Lindsay Paterson, says: “We hope the visiting lawyers will be able to develop the Estonian Bar Association and influence government thinking.”

The society will take part in in seminars in Estonia next year on conduct and ethics, and help with the newly established Estonian Lawyers' Training Centre.

The society has been involved in a series of projects with Estonia over the past two years, including the donation of law books to the bar association.