Mentoring Scheme for Underrepresented Groups Offers Places to Nearly 200 Applicants

Date: 10 November 2021

Keating 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 are 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

Lucy Garrett QC, Head of the Pupillage Committee, said, “We were delighted to join this scheme to increase the number of barristers from underrepresented groups in practice at the Bar, and in particular the commercial Bar.  We are even more delighted to see the impact we can have if sets of chambers work together – in the first year of the scheme 150 individuals were mentored, and this year the figure has increased by about a third to just under 200.  Keating is committed to welcoming all candidates, whatever their race, culture, disabilities, gender (if any) and socio-economic background.  We are looking forward to getting to know our mentees and providing practical advice, information and assistance to all of them.”

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