International Legal and Professional Development Grant Programme

The International Legal and Professional Development Grant Programme allows barristers of seven years practice or less who are in employed or self-employed practice to apply for financial assistance to participate in international legal events of their choice, which contribute to their professional development.

Established by the International Committee of the Bar Council in 2009, the programme is supported by the Bar Council Scholarships Trust. The programme plays an important part of the Bar Council’s international strategy, which aims to encourage more junior barristers to participate in activities which will give them an international perspective on legal issues and help them to thrive in an increasingly globalised legal market.

Grants of up to £3,000 can be applied for and applicants must be a fully qualified barrister, working in an employed or self-employed practice, and a member from one of the supporting Specialist Bar Associations or Circuits (details below).

“I would encourage other junior barristers to take up the opportunity to go to a conference abroad, particularly given the financial assistance on offer. The time away from your practice for a few days is a very small sacrifice for an experience you will never forget.”


Samuel Coe, 2016 recipient of the International Grant, at the International Bar Association Transnational Crime Conference in Panama, 2016.

Since 2009, we have awarded over 100 grants, which have helped junior barristers to participate in key international events and programmes in jurisdictions such as South Korea, Hong Kong, Brazil, Japan, France, Singapore, and the United States.

To apply, please read our Guidance Document then submit your Application Form, equality and diversity monitoring form, and proposed budget to your SBA/Circuit and the Young Barristers’ Committee by the relevant application deadline.

If you have any questions, please read the FAQs Document or contact Onyeka Onyekwelu at or call on 0207 611 1323.

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Please note that the first deadline has been extended to Monday 28 January.


  • Applicant of seven years’ practice or less
  • Fully qualified (i.e. post pupillage)
  • In employed or self-employed practice
  • Member of participating SBA or circuit (see below)
  • Event must take place before end of calendar year
  • Applicant must demonstrate that participation will contribute to their professional development and legal practice.

“Without [YBC’s] support I would not have been able to have achieved something that I have always wanted to so thank you again. The scheme…is one of the truly wonderful aspects to the Bar”

Jack Henry, 2017 recipient of the International Grant, at the International Law Weekend in New York, 2017.


The total cost of participating in such events (including travel, accommodation and registration fees), up to a maximum of £3,000. is shared equally between the applicant, their SBA and the Bar Council Scholarships Trust. The grant programme thereby funds up to two thirds of the cost of participating in an international legal event. The SBA/Circuit sponsors for 2019 are:

  • Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
  • Chancery Bar Association (ChBA)
  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • Competition Law Association (CLA)
  • Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)
  • Northern Circuit (NC)
  • Wales & Chester Circuit (W&C)

Previous participants’ experiences