A programme teaching Russian legal practices how to run a law firm is to be launched this week by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society of Scotland.
Forty lawyers will take part in the four-week training programme, organised in conjunction with the Russian Academy of Jurisprudence and the International Union of Advocates.
The course is financed by the European Commission's Tacis programme, set up to provide technical assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The Russian lawyers will learn skills in the management of a legal practice and the development of an ethical code.
They will also consider how the legal profession in Russia should be regulated.