Mentoring Scheme for underrepresented groups offers places to nearly 200 applicants

10 Nov 2021

Gatehouse 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.

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

Emily Betts from Gatehouse Chambers, who is a member of the committee running the mentoring scheme, comments that: “This is the second year of the mentoring scheme. Last year just under 150 people from groups underrepresented at the Commercial Bar were mentored by practising barristers. We are pleased to be one of the four sets joining the scheme this year which has allowed the numbers to expand to just under 200 mentees. We are aware that last year’s mentees found the scheme very helpful and we look forward to working with our mentees this year.”

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Emily Betts

Call: 2009