Exchange Chambers hosts series of Virtual Mini-Pupillage Forums

September 11, 2020

Throughout the months of July and August, over 250 aspiring barristers have taken part in three Virtual Mini-Pupillage Forums, including an exclusive event for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse applicants.

In the first two events, Joel Finnan covered life as a junior commercial tenant, Sarah Griffin provided her thoughts on life as a junior criminal tenant while Alex Williams spoke about life as a junior personal injury tenant.

The exclusive Black, Asian and ethnically diverse Mini-Pupillage Forum was chaired by David Mohyuddin QC, with introductory talks from Stephen Connolly, Chair of Pupillage Committee, Chantal Core, Pupillage Manager and Giles Maynard-Connor, Chair of Equality and Diversity.

The event also included talks from Pankaj Madan, Caroline Abraham and Lisa Feng on their practice and path to the bar and Exchange Chambers’ current pupils – Jodie Wildridge, Harriet Lavin, Trudi Moore and Katherine Traynor – who provided their thoughts on lives as pupils. It concluded with a question and answer session focused on diversity related matters.

The feedback to all three of the events was extremely positive with Exchange Chambers hailed as a “standout set for pupillage as well as practice”.

Others praised “the diverse nature of Exchange” adding that “this is no ordinary set in any sense of the word; in part demonstrated by their tangible commitment to diversity at the Bar.”  Exchange was also credited for “adapting to the current situation through holding virtual events”.

Following on from a successful summer of events, Exchange Chambers will be holding more virtual events this Autumn ahead of this year’s pupillage application process. All opportunities will be published on our website here, so please stay posted.

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