In March 2022, Bridging the Bar (BTB) and the High Court / Court of Appeal agreed to collaborate on a pilot work experience programme for aspiring lawyers from statistically under-represented backgrounds at the Bar.
This scheme will see eight to 12 BTB participants assigned to a Judge and supported by their Judicial Assistant(s) in the High Court / Court of Appeal for a paid five-day work experience placement. Candidates will be paid the London Living Wage.
In the first week of November 2022, the Court took its first two successful Bridging the Bar candidates and they spent their week closely shadowing the Judicial Assistants who work for Mr Justice Butcher and Mr Justice Picken, affording them the opportunity to gain a keen understanding of the role of both the Judicial Assistants themselves as well as the Commercial Court Judges.
- The Bridging the Bar (BTB) internship scheme is now closed until next year. It is expected to launch again for applications in August 2023 under the BTB Academy.
- Read more on the Commercial Court’s Education, diversity and social mobility webpage.