International Legal and Professional Development Grant Programme
The International Legal and Professional Development Grant
Programme allows barristers of seven years practice or less
who are in employed or self-employed practice to apply for
financial assistance to participate in international legal events
of their choice, which contribute to their professional
Established by the International Committee of the
Bar Council in 2009, the programme is supported by the Bar Council
Scholarships Trust. The programme plays an important part of the
Bar Council's international strategy, which aims to encourage more
junior barristers to participate in activities which will give them
an international perspective on legal issues and help them to
thrive in an increasingly globalised legal market.
Grants of up to £2,500 can be applied for and
applicants must be a fully qualified barrister, working in an
employed or self-employed practice, and a member from one of the
supporting Specialist Bar Associations or Circuits.
I am extremely grateful to the
LCLCBA and the Bar Council for their generous sponsorship of me on
this mission. I would simply not have been able to go had it not
been for their support; it is a testament to Bar's continued ethos
of altruism that such programmes still exist.
Since 2009, we have awarded over 100 grants, which
have helped junior barristers to participate in key international
events and programmes in jurisdictions such as South Korea, Hong
Kong, Brazil, Japan, France, Singapore, and the United States.
Queries should be directed to International
team or call + (0)207 611 1321
The application deadlines are Friday 12 February, Friday 10
June, Friday 21 October 2016.
This programme offers barrister members of participating SBAs who are of seven years' practice or less, fully qualified (i.e. post pupillage) and who are in employed or self-employed practice financial assistance to participate in international legal events and conferences of their choice. The event/conference needs to take place before the end of the calender year, and applicants need to demonstrate that participation will contribute to their professional development and legal practice.
The total cost of participating in such events (including travel, accommodation and registration fees), up to a maximum of £2,500. is shared equally between the applicant, their SBA and the Bar Council Scholarships Trust. The grant programme thereby funds up to two thirds of the cost of participating in an international legal event. The SBA/Circuit sponsors for 2016 are:
- Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
- Competition Law Association (CLA)
- Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
- Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
- Bar European Group (BEG)
- Technology and Construction Bar Association (TECBAR)
- Chancery Bar Association (ChBA)
- London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)
- Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association (MCCBA)
- Northern Circuit (NC)
Previous participants' experiences
How to apply
Please ensure that you read the guidance document carefully before submitting your application
The application form and proposed budget must be submitted electronically and returned to your specialist bar association (SBA) representative and International team by the relevant application deadline.
Please complete the equality and diversity monitoring form electronically and submit it to the international mailbox. Please note that this information is used for monitoring purposes only and will not be used as part of the selection process.