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Blackstone Chambers is delighted to announce that the ten sets of Chambers participating in the Mentoring Scheme for underrepresented groups have, between them, offered places on the scheme to nearly 200 applicants from groups that are underrepresented at the Bar.

The scheme will make a real contribution to increasing opportunity and diversity at the Bar, by providing mentees with a source of information and advice, and by making it clear that a career at the Bar is open to anyone, from any background.

Further details about the scheme are available here

It is open to people from underrepresented groups including 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 participating sets of Chambers are:

  • Blackstone Chambers
  • Brick Court Chambers
  • Essex Court Chambers
  • Fountain Court Chambers
  • Gatehouse Chambers
  • Keating Chambers
  • 7 King’s Bench Walk
  • Monckton Chambers
  • One Essex Court Chambers
  • 3 Verulam Buildings

Adam Baradon, a member of Blackstone Chambers who is part of the committee that has set up and now expanded the scheme, said “It is great to be building on last year’s successful launch of this scheme. With an expanded roster of participating sets, this year we have been able to increase the number of mentees to almost 200. We very much hope that our mentees find the scheme a valuable and rewarding experience, and ultimately that some of these highly talented individuals do choose to join the commercial bar and help to make it a more diverse and representative place to work.”  

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