Liverpool law chambers expands mentoring scheme

Exchange Chambers in Liverpool expands its law mentoring scheme across the north of England after a successful pilot in Toxteth. Tony McDonough reports

Stella Hayden
Stella Hayden, who helped develop the mentoring scheme at Exchange Chambers


A Liverpool mentoring scheme for people looking to pursue a career in the law is to be expanded across the north of England.

Exchange Chambers, based in Liverpool city centre, piloted a scheme in Toxteth in partnership with L8 A Better Place, a community development project. Thanks to its success Exchange has now rolled it out to its chambers in Manchester and Leeds.

Now, 27 students aged 16 to 36 have enrolled onto Exchange’s mentoring scheme and are now receiving advice, support and practical guidance.

In considering applications to the scheme, Exchange prioritised students from diverse backgrounds and those without family links to the profession.

Earlier this month, Exchange hosted its first Day in Court event. This saw mentees visiting Liverpool Crown Court and meeting judges and barristers. Similar events are planned in the future.

Criminal barrister Stella Hayden has helped to develop Exchange Chambers’ mentoring programme.

She explained: “Our expanded scheme provides students across the North with access to a barrister mentor who can advise and support them to develop key skills and areas of knowledge by providing an insight into a career in the law.

“Our mentees are at different stages of their journey. Some have not yet decided on their career path, while others have already made choices about further study and chosen their field.

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“As a progressive barristers’ chambers, we are committed to achieving equality in representation within the legal profession. We want the composition of chambers to reflect the community we represent.”

Jonathan I’Anson, chief executive at Exchange Chambers, added: “Our mentoring scheme aims to inspire students from non-traditional backgrounds to consider a career at the Bar.

“As one of the country’s largest barristers’ chambers it is our responsibility to drive equality and diversity by opening doors and providing opportunities. We are proud to do so.”

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