Chester-based lawyers have hailed their recent international exchange programme with a French firm as a "brilliant success".

The two-week study trip, part of a programme developed by the IAG Global group, saw Real Estate Senior Associate Solicitor Hannah Fynn of Aaron & Partners travel to Lyon to gain insight into French legal practice.

Simultaneously, Fabien Fernandez of Ydès Avocats spent two weeks in Chester working in various roles, participating in community activities, and gaining experience with Legal 500-ranked Aaron & Partners.

Also, Fernandez took part in a ‘practice’ hike up Mount Snowdon ahead of summer fundraising efforts for The Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

This exchange was the latest instalment of the IAG Global initiative, building upon the 2023 programme, which saw Aaron & Partners join forces with a Philadelphia-based firm.

Helen Watson, partner and head of employment law at Aaron & Partners, said: "We’re proud to be a part of the IAG network and the exchange programme as just one component of that relationship. Through IAG we are able to work collaboratively with exceptional lawyers all over the world on behalf of our clients, and the exchange programme, one of very few schemes of its type, allows us to solidify those working relationships.

"It’s a fantastic opportunity for lawyers to go and experience the law in a foreign country, which will go on to benefit our clients, bringing a host of learnings, helping us understand the similarities and differences between legal systems here and abroad, which in turn allows us to better service our clients with international needs."