Applications open: planning, property and public law mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar

08 September 2023

Applications have opened for the 3rd intake of students on the planning, property and public law mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar.

The scheme aims to encourage undergraduates and postgraduates from groups not well represented at the bar to consider becoming barristers. These underrepresented groups include women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

Successful applicants will be offered:

  • one-to-one meetings with a mentor
  • a workshop on applications for pupillage
  • one or more social events with mentors and other mentees.

The scheme will run from October 2023 to June 2024.

Background to the scheme

The initiative launched in 2021. It is now a partnership between our chambers and 7 other sets: Cornerstone Barristers, 39 Essex Chambers, Falcon Chambers, Francis Taylor Building, Kings Chambers, Landmark Chambers and No5 Chambers and supported by the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA).

PEBA and each of the partner sets recognise the importance of driving equality and diversity in the Bar.

Jared Norman, who coordinates the scheme for Field Court Chambers, commented: 'We've had very positive feedback from mentees and mentors from last year's scheme. We hope the scheme continues to inspire talented individuals from currently underrepresented groups at the bar to consider and undertake a career as a barrister.’

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a place on the scheme, please refer to the guidelines for applicants and download the application form.

Email your application by the end of Friday 6 October 2023 to

Successful applicants will be notified by email by Friday 27 October 2023.