As part of Brick Court’s continuing collaboration with IntoUniversity, and its focus on social mobility as part of its centenary year, chambers ran an Insight Session for 6th form students supported by IntoUniversity. Chaired by Richard Blakeley, with the assistance of Sophie Shaw and Allan Cerim and chambers’ clerks Philip Wilkes and Sam Jones, the session gave dozens of students the opportunity to ask some young practitioners their no-holds-barred questions about paths to and life at a set of barristers chambers. Among many other topics, the panellists discussed different routes to qualifying, financial assistance, biases in the applications process, and life as a practitioner.
The Insight Session is one of a number of projects Brick Court is working on in collaboration with IntoUniversity and the Sutton Trust other partner charities during its centenary year, which are aimed at increasing social mobility and improving access to the profession (and to the workplace generally). This session aimed to provide information to assist potential applicants, so as to help them to realise that the Bar is a career open to all, regardless of background and circumstances.
Chambers is also collaborating with the Sutton Trust’s “Pathways To Law” programme, a charitable programme which works with sixth form students from disadvantaged backgrounds to widen access to the legal profession, including the Bar. Jonathan Scott and Allan Cerim joined a networking session run by the charity, during which they spoke to students about their routes to the Bar; tips on applying to university and the Bar; the types of cases they are instructed in; and the various types of work involved at the Public, Competition, EU, and Commercial Bars.