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The publication of the first Annual Report by Bridging the Bar marks the culmination of a very successful year, in which a phenomenal set of projects have been achieved.

Bridging the Bar, founded by Mass Ndow-Njie, is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity at the Bar. Founded to help students who – owing to disability, ethnic background, socio-economic background, education or sexuality – are statistically underrepresented in the profession. In just 12 months, Mass and this young team have established Bridging the Bar as an energetic, engaged charity driving real change in partnership with the Bar across practice areas, circuits and seniority. The committee has inspired hundreds of practitioners to become involved - as ambassadors, mentors, or markers for mini-pupillage applications.

Blackstone Chambers first got to know Mass when he spent a six-month secondment with us in 2020 during his pupillage with the Government Legal Department. We are proud to be one of the charity’s Founding Partners and to be directly supporting its mini-pupillage scheme. Blackstone’s Deputy Chambers Director, Mat Swallow, is also a member of the Bridging the Bar executive committee.

The Annual Report is available here: Annual Report.pdf.