Developing your Mentoring Skills Training

Successful Mentoring: Do you want to develop your mentoring skills?

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Mentoring across the Bar is a fantastic way to both support pupils and junior barristers, and indeed more established barristers at critical points in their career. Increasingly chambers, SBAs, Circuits and Inns are introducing mentoring programmes (Bar Council has introduced its own Bar Mentoring Service).

New to 2017, Bar Council, in conjuction with Sherwood Consulting, has developed a mentoring skills course to support all those who are considering or are currently mentoring in any scheme across the Bar. This course is designed to support those interested in becoming effective mentors, or for those who may wish to enhance their skills and/or address aspects of a mentoring relationship they may find challenging. We also hope the opportunity to get a solid grounding in mentoring good practice will encourage those who have not mentored before, or those not currently mentoring, to volunteer as a mentor and ensure mentoring relationships have the best possible chance of success.

Who should attend:

  • Barristers (whether new to mentoring or wishing to improve their mentoring skills)

  • Pupil Supervisors

  • Clerks and Chambers' Support Staff

Course content will include:

  • Techniques in building rapport;

  • Establishing mentoring boundaries and

  • Setting yourself up for success as a mentor

This course is led by Kate Blackburn and Ann Collier of Sherwood Consulting. Kate and Ann are very experienced mentors and coaches.

Kate Blackburn

  • Kate has over 30 years' experience of developing and managing people and change. She comes from a background in the army, has worked with a top city law firm for 9 years and was CEO of a large, multi-disciplinary barristers' chambers in the regions, before embarking on her business coaching and consultancy career focusing predominately on the Bar. She has worked with hundreds of individual members of the Bar as part of their career development and has worked with many chambers on a wide range of projects. 

Ann Collier 

  • Ann is a lawyer with nearly 20 years' experience of working with lawyers and other professionals initially as a practising lawyer herself and more recently as Head of Learning and Development in two International law firms. She is also a qualified business coach and delivers coaching and training to both barristers and solicitors.

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"It's always good to feel that you are doing something valuable in supporting and encouraging someone else.  Having the opportunity to improve my mentoring skills and discussing good practice will hopefully make me more effective in a role that is important to wellbeing and the future of the Bar."

- Barrister, QC, 20+ years' Call