Bar Council holds second annual Bar Placement Week in Leeds and Manchester

17 February 2015

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has this week launched the second Bar Placement Week in Leeds and Manchester in partnership with Pathways to Law. 

High-achieving Year 12 students (aged 17) from non-traditional backgrounds will take part in the week, which involves a three-and-a-half day placement with a barrister, training on developing interview skills, and a workshop on how to argue like a barrister led by the Advocacy Training Council. 

The week, which goes from 16 to 20 February, forms part of the Bar Council's ongoing commitment to improving social mobility within the profession and 30 students will participate in this year's event. 

The Leeds and Manchester Bar Placement Week was first launched in 2014 and follows the success of earlier events held in London and Birmingham. 

Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar, said: 

"Taking part in the Bar Placement Week not only gives high-achieving young people from non-traditional 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. 

"The Bar Council is committed to ensuring that socio-economic background and living outside the capital are not barriers to a career as a barrister. It is hugely beneficial to give students access to high-quality work experience, which they would otherwise struggle to obtain. 

"Regional initiatives are important because access to work experience opportunities is particularly lacking outside the capital. Now that we have shown that Bar Placement Week can flourish outside London, we hope to go on and develop similar initiatives in other locations in England and Wales."




Notes to editors:

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

2. The Bar Council's Bar Placement Week initiative, aimed at improving social mobility within the profession, won the Award for Diversity and Inclusion at the Halsbury Legal Awards in September 2014.

3. 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