International Legal and Professional Development Grant Programme

For the first time, the International Legal and Professional Development Grant Programme will be administered and managed by the Young Barristers’ Committee.

The 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 £2,500 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 am extremely grateful to the LCLCBA and the Bar Council for their generous sponsorship of me on this mission. I would simply not have been able to go had it not been for their support; it is a testament to Bar’s continued ethos of altruism that such programmes still exist.

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 and the Young Barristers’ Committee by the relevant application deadline.

For queries, please contact Onyeka Onyekwelu at or 0207 611 1323.

Application deadline: Monday 18 September 2017US passport and judges court gavel, from above


  • 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.


The total cost of participating in such events (including travel, accommodation and registration fees), up to a maximum of £2,500. 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 2017 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 and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)
  • Northern Circuit (NC)
  • Midland Circuit (MC)
  • Wales & Chester Circuit (W&C)

Previous participants’ experiences