Fountain Court is pleased to announce that the ten sets of Chambers, including Fountain Court,  participating in the Mentoring Scheme for underrepresented groups have, between them, offered places on the scheme to nearly 200 applicants from groups that are underrepresented at the Bar.

The scheme aims to make the Bar more accessible and diverse, by providing participants with a source of information and advice, and by underlining that a career at the Bar is open to anyone, from any background.

More details about the scheme are here.

The scheme is open to people from underrepresented groups including women; people from minority ethnic backgrounds; people with disabilities; LGBT+ people; people who have spent time in care; and people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

Rosalind Phelps QC, Head of Pupillage, said: “We were delighted that more sets joined the mentoring scheme this year, enabling us to support even more applicants with their journey to the Bar. This is evident in the increase in numbers from just under 150 mentees last year, to just under 200 mentees this year. We look forward to working with this year’s mentees in the hope of increasing diversity and accessibility at the commercial Bar.”