The Bar Council’s Bar Mentoring Service is made up of three different mentoring schemes designed to meet different needs within the profession.
The three schemes operating in 2016-17 were:
- e-Mentoring Scheme (access) informs and supports students in Years 12 and 13 and first year undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a career at the Bar
- Introduced in 2016, the Maternity Mentoring Scheme (retention) supports barristers who are either contemplating a career break, are currently on parental leave, or are returning to practice, and
- Silk & Judicial Appointments Scheme (progression) supports established barristers who are seeking judicial appointment or considering applying for Silk.
As well as launching the Maternity Mentoring Scheme, which has now matched 29 barristers with mentors, in 2016-17 the Bar Council developed further resources to support the facilitation and management of the Silk and Judicial scheme. Positive feedback has been received to date.
The Bar Council also developed new guidance and additional support for the e-Mentoring scheme.
In addition, in 2017 the Bar Council will be piloting two new mentoring and coaching support products:
- Mentoring training, which is a course to promote and equip current mentors or those contemplating becoming mentors in chambers, SBAs and the Inns, and
- Career Coaching, following recommendations made in the Snapshot gender research in 2015.
The table below shows the number of mentoring pairs established in 2016-17.
Contact and further information
The Bar Council
289-293 High Holborn