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CBA Bursary

The 2023 Bursary will open in the Spring of 2023


Applications are invited for awards from the Criminal Bar Association Bursary Fund.

Major Bursaries of up to £5,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. 

The award competition is open to members of the CBA under 7 years’ callThe fund is designed to assist practising barristers from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Please complete the application form and return it, together with a reference from the applicant’s Head of Chambers, to the CBA Administrator – unavailable until 2023

The application form requires details of background and means together with a reference from the Applicant’s Head of Chambers (or pupil supervisor if a reference from the Head of Chambers is unavailable).

The assessment will be primarily means-tested; performance in exams will therefore not be determinative but will assist the panel in assessing the applicant’s suitability.

A number of applicants will be invited to compete in an advocacy exercise to be held in the New Year, judged by the Chair of the Social Mobility Committee.

For further details, please contact the CBA Administrator.

The Bursary Fund is generously supported by leading legal publishers Thomson Reuters (Sweet & Maxwell) and Oxford University Press

CBA Bursary Application Form – unavailable until 2023

The Bursary Fund is generously supported by leading legal publishers Thomson Reuters (Sweet & Maxwell), Oxford University and a number of Criminal Chambers, including:


12CP Barristers Southampton
187  Fleet Street London
2 Bedford Row London
2 Hare Court with special thanks London
23 Essex Street London
25 Bedford Row London
3 Temple Gardens London
30 Park Place Chambers Cardiff
5 King’s Bench Walk London
5 Paper Buildings London
3 Raymond Building London
Albion Chambers Bristol
Apex Chambers Cardiff
Church Court Chambers London
Cornwall Street Chambers with special thanks  Birmingham
Crucible Chambers London
Devon Chambers Plymouth
Doughty Street Chambers London
Drystone Chambers London
Farringdon Chambers London
Foundry Chambers London
Furnival Chambers London
Garden Court Chambers London
Goldsmiths Chambers London
Gough Square Chambers London
Guildhall Chambers Bristol
KCH Garden Square Nottingham
Lincoln House Chambers Manchester
NO5 Chambers Birmingham
QEB Hollis Whiteman London
Red Lion Chambers London
Six Pump Court London
St John’s Building Manchester
St Philip’s Chambers Birmingham
Trinity Chambers Newcastle

The CBA Wish to state a very special thank you to Cornwall Street Chambers Birmingham, who very kindly doubled their contribution to the 2021 fund.

Furthermore, another special thank you also goes to 2 Hare Court, London who increased their donation level by 35% for this round.