The Court of Protection Bar Association is pleased to announce its Mentoring Scheme which is now up and running for members of the Association (to join, see here).
There is a Mentoring Guide which explains the purpose of the Scheme and makes some suggestions.
- A mentor will be their mentee’s doughty champion and insightful guide
- Examples of the kind of help mentees can expect are:
- practical and focussed suggestions about how to get into CoP work, raise your CoP profile or develop your practice generally or specifically,
- advice about getting silk/judicial appointment/onto a panel,
- advocacy fine tuning and ideas for how to handle judges,
- tips, hacks and tricks from someone who’s been doing it all for longer,
- active listening,
- support with well-being eg bullying, work-life balance problems, issues in chambers, confidence building, dealing with discrimination and/or coping with problems caused by chronic illness.
- The work that mentees and mentors do together is confidential to them
- Mentors will not provide advice about specific cases or a legal education service
- Mentors and mentees will be in different chambers
- Unless the mentee requests otherwise, junior mentees will be matched with a mentor at least 5 years their senior
- What assistance is provided, what boundaries set, and how regularly and often mentoring meetings take place will be decided between the mentee and mentor
- Any problems and/or it’s just not working out, let a member of the Mentoring Committee know and you will be re-paired.
The Mentoring Committee is:
Thomas Jones – TJones@9goughchambers.co.uk
Naomi Winston – NaomiWinston@tenoldsquare.com
Katie Gollop QC – firstname.lastname@example.org
We think the Scheme will be a beautiful and fun thing that will benefit both parties.
Applications are welcome at any time, as are feedback and ideas.