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Blackstone is delighted to announce that it is working with five other sets of Chambers to create a mentoring scheme, which aims to support and encourage individuals from groups which are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) to pursue careers as barristers.  Those underrepresented groups include women; people from minority ethnic backgrounds; people with disabilities; LGBT+ people; people who spent time in care; and people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

The scheme is called Mentoring For Underrepresented Groups: a scheme run by Commercial Barristers’ Chambers. The Chambers participating for the academic year 2020-2021 are (in alphabetical order):

• Blackstone Chambers

• Brick Court Chambers

• Essex Court Chambers

• Fountain Court Chambers

• One Essex Court Chambers

• Three Verulam Buildings

Mentoring schemes have the support of Combar.  In relation to this scheme a representative from Combar will sit on the mentoring scheme committee with a view to designing a similar scheme to be rolled out across all Combar sets.

The scheme will run between November 2020 and June 2021. It is open to all undergraduates and graduates from groups that are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) and who do not yet have a pupillage offer. 

“Blackstone Chambers is pleased to be a part of this scheme, which is one of a range of initiatives we are undertaking as a Chambers to help facilitate increased access to and diversity at the Bar,’ says Jane Mulcahy QC, the co-chair of Blackstone Chambers’ pupillage committee. “We are excited to be working with our other member Commercial sets, taking positive steps to improve opportunities and support for those who are keen to start a career at the Bar.”

Applications to participate in the scheme are now open, and will close at midday on 2 October 2020
Further information on the scheme, including the application form, can be found here.