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New Planning and Public Law Mentoring Scheme for Underrepresented Groups at the Bar

Melissa Murphy

A partnership with the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA), Cornerstone Barristers, Field Court, Francis Taylor Building, Kings Chambers and Landmark Chambers.

The scheme is intended to encourage undergraduates and postgraduates from groups that are not well represented at the Bar to consider becoming barristers. It will run from October 2021 to June 2022 and aims to provide advice and guidance to suitable candidates on the process of becoming a barrister specialising in planning, property and public law.

PEBA and each of the partner Chambers recognise the importance of driving equality and diversity in the Bar and hope this Mentoring Scheme can lay the foundations to creating a profession that is representative of all and for all by introducing those from a non-traditional background into the profession. It is inspired by a similar scheme launched by a collection of commercial sets. 

Melissa Murphy of Francis Taylor Building says, “The Bar does not properly reflect the society in which we operate. Practical steps need to be taken in order to widen access, to address that issue. This mentoring scheme for under-represented groups at the Bar is one such practical step. The application process will open shortly and we all look forward to establishing new mentor/mentee relationships and, in turn, to widening access to the Bar.”

Successful applicants will be offered one-to-one meetings with a mentor, a workshop on applications for pupillage and (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) one or more social events with mentors and other mentees.

How to Apply

The application form can be downloaded from the webpage here, along with the guidelines for applicants here

Applications should be made to by midday on 8 October 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by email by 29 October 2021.