Mentoring Scheme for underrepresented groups offers places to nearly 200 applicants

The members of 3VB are 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 sets involved hope that this 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.

More details about the scheme can be found 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 Kramer QC, who has been on the organising committee since the mentoring scheme’s inception, said, “We have seen some very pleasing results in the first two years of running this scheme. It is a hugely important cause and it is encouraging and sends a great message to see more commercial sets of chambers getting involved and offering places to underrepresented groups. Together, we strive to continue to break down perceived barriers and make a career the Bar more attainable to all.”