The Denning Fund, previously registered charity number 282340, and the Lord Jenkins Fund, an unregistered charity, were merged with effect from 9 December 2003 to form a new charity called The Denning Fund in accordance with a Charity Commission Scheme. The Charity Commission Scheme is now the merged charity’s governing document under which the Trustees are empowered to associate particular awards, at their discretion, to any benefactor identified with either of the merging charities. The purposes of the charities have not changed. The merger was undertaken to improve administration processes, make cost savings and consolidate investments to offer the potential for higher investment returns.
The charity is a trust whose object is for general charitable purposes. The intention of the Trustees is to use the income of the Trust Fund and (if and so far as considered to be necessary or desirable) the capital thereof to assist in the provision of scholarships or other awards to promote or aid the legal education of members of Lincoln's Inn and in particular students or pupils.
The Inn offers scholarships to candidates of the requisite quality who are graduates in Law or in subjects other than Law and who have indicated that their intention is to practise at the Bar of England and Wales.
Awards are made to candidates of merit to assist them with their funding throughout the Continuing Professional Development, Bar Professional Training Course and pupillage years because it is the Inn’s view that these are the years when students need the most financial support.
Merit is assessed in terms of the candidate’s intellectual qualities, which are of the highest importance at the modern bar, together with qualities of personality and presentation, also regarded as being of the greatest importance in anyone aiming for life as a barrister.
Merit is assessed by a consideration of all the material placed before the Inn by the candidate in his or her written application and references together with, where a candidate is invited for interview, consideration of the candidate by a panel of interviewers. Candidates whose written applications do not, upon careful consideration, disclose the requisite quality, will not be invited for interview. Lincoln’s Inn advertises the qualities it is looking for on the Scholarships section of this website.
Lincoln’s Inn does not means test its candidates nor does it discriminate unlawfully against any person on the grounds of that person's sex, colour, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or age, or in any other way that is unlawful.
The Trustees of the Denning Fund believe that these application criteria do not create unreasonable restrictions on access by candidates to the scholarships available.
The Denning Fund donates towards the overall level of individual awards and grants made by Lincoln's Inn. Income earned from investments in the form of dividends and interest is transferred as received from the investment manager to the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. At the end of each financial year the Trustees assess the value of the total transfer of funds that has been made for the year and pay or take a balancing amount to or from the Inn as an annual adjustment.
In making a grant the Denning Fund Trustees expect the responsible Committee to supervise the spending of the monies granted. The Denning Fund Trustees are not themselves in a position to do so. Expenditure by Lincoln’s Inn is controlled and managed by its various officers and monitored by the Finance, Education and Scholarship Committees. Lincoln’s Inn pays the individual in question on approval from the relevant Committees and on production of properly approved applications for scholarships payments. Once a payment has been made by the Inn, the Inn requests part or all of the promised contribution from the fund. The value of contributions is never more than the total value of scholarships; Lincoln’s Inn makes up any shortfall.
The Trustees agree that the grant making policy and procedure achieve the objectives of the Fund.
The Bidding Prayer used in the Chapel of the Inn contains the following words: “… that there may never be wanting a due supply of persons fitly qualified to serve God, both in Church and State, ye shall beg a blessing upon all Schools and Seminaries of sound learning and religious education, particularly upon our Universities; and upon all institutions for the study and practice of the Law (especially this learned and Honourable Society): …” Whatever the reader of this website may believe, he or she surely cannot doubt the need for “a due supply of persons fitly qualified” to practise and administer the law. Nor can he or she doubt that many such persons need financial support.
Accordingly, it is hoped that members and friends of the Inn will wish to make contributions to the Denning Fund. A payment form is attached, and attention is drawn to the need for UK taxpayers to sign the Gift Aid declaration at the bottom, so that this important benefit can be claimed. Your home address is also required, so please enter this in the section provided.
Finally, this and other charitable funds associated with the Inn benefit considerably from legacies, so please think about this if you are making or remaking your Will. All legacies, whatever their size, are useful and much appreciated.