Bar Council holds seventh annual Bar Placement Week in London

7 July 2014

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today launched the seventh Bar Placement Week in London in partnership with the Social Mobility Foundation.

High-achieving Year 12 students (aged 17) from low-income backgrounds from across the capital will take part in the Week, which involves a three-and-a-half day placement with a barrister, a visit to either the Royal Courts of Justice or the UK Supreme Court, and a workshop on how to argue like a barrister, led by the Advocacy Training Council.

The week forms part of the Bar Council's ongoing commitment to improving social mobility within the profession and 75 students will participate in this year's event.

The London Bar Placement Week will be followed by the Birmingham Bar Placement Week, to be held from 14 to 18 July. Following the success of earlier events in London and Birmingham, two further regional Bar Placement Weeks were launched for the first time in Leeds and Manchester in February 2014.

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"Taking part in the Bar Placement Week not only gives high-achieving young people from low-income backgrounds an opportunity to experience life at the Bar first-hand, it also helps us to demonstrate that a career at the Bar is open to everyone of ability, irrespective of background.

"Access to high quality work experience is crucial for students to make informed decisions about further study and eventual career choices. The Bar Council is dedicated to providing structured programmes for students who might not otherwise be able to access such opportunities.

"The importance of developing regional initiatives is also very important. Now that we have shown that the Bar Placement Week can flourish outside London, we hope to develop similar initiatives elsewhere in England and Wales."

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Notes to Editors

1. Further information is available from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 and Press@BarCouncil.org.uk.

2. The  Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes: 

  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services

  • Fair access to justice for all

  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and

  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad. 

The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board