Call for applications from young Bar for international grant programme

3 February 2015

The Bar Council is calling for applications from the young Bar for the 2015 International Legal and Professional Development Grant Programme.

The programme allows barristers of seven years practice or less to apply for financial assistance to participate in international legal events of their choice, which contribute to their professional development.

Established by the International Committee of the Bar Council in 2009, the programme is supported by the Bar Council Scholarships Trust, the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR), the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), the Technology and Construction Bar Association (TECBAR), the Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA), the Competition Law Association (CLA), the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA), the Northern Circuit, and the Wales and Chester Circuit.

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.

There are three application rounds for 2015, with the deadlines being 13 February, 29 May and 16 October.

Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"The International Legal and Professional Development Grant Programme is an important part of our 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.

"Since 2009, we have awarded 82 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.

"With the Bar playing an increasingly visible role in an international market place, it is vital that we share our knowledge and ideas with other jurisdictions, whether via exchanges, business delegations or training.

"We hope that the experience and knowledge obtained and shared by successful applicants encourages other junior members of the Bar to apply for this grant programme."




Notes to editors:

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

2. More information on the Bar Council's International Legal and Professional Development Grant Programme can be viewed  here.

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.

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