Garden Court Chambers' 'Access to the Bar for All' Long Term Mentoring Scheme shortlisted for LexisNexis Legal Awards 2018

Wednesday 17 January 2018

We are delighted to announce that Garden Court Chambers long term mentoring scheme, 'Access to the Bar for All' has been shortlisted for the LexisNexis Legal Awards 2018. The Awards were launched in 2013 to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across the legal sector.

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Garden Court has been shortlisted for the Award for Diversity and Inclusion for the Garden Court Long Term Mentoring Scheme.

This scheme has been pioneered by Mia Hakl-Law, Head of Operations and Human Resources at Garden Court Chambers, in conjunction with Leslie Thomas QC, Chair and Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers. It encourages students from minority and disadvantaged groups to consider a career as a barrister. Sixteen-year-old students, girls and/or those from ethnic minorities coming from disadvantaged backgrounds are offered mentoring for five years and paid internships at Garden Court Chambers. If they go on to study a law degree, they are awarded a £7000 per year scholarship to assist with living expenses at university. The mentor barristers are:  Di Middleton QCJo CecilPaul ClarkHelen CurtisGemma Loughran and Ann Osborne.

The LexisNexis Legal Awards 2018 will be held on 15 March when the winners will be announced.

For further details about the Garden Court Long Term Mentoring Scheme, please contact Mia Hakl-Law, Head of Operations & HR on

Please note: 'Access to the Bar for All'  also won the Diversity Initiative of the Year at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2017. Read more in our news item and in our guest blog on The Bar Council website.

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