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Financial Support for Members

Financial support is available for members of the Inn from a wide range of sources.

Hardship Funds

The Inn has a limited hardship fund to support members who are experiencing an unexpected and short-term gap in finances. It is primarily designed to assist pupils and other junior barristers who are not eligible for help from the Barristers Benevolent Association (BBA). Practising members are advised to seek financial support from the BBA in the first instance.

An application form is available to download from this page. It must be returned by email to [email protected] along with supporting evidence that demonstrates that the hardship is both unexpected and short-term.

Other Hardship Funds

The Barristers Benevolent Association provides a hardship fund for past and present members of the Bar and judiciary in England and Wales.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Foundation also provides a hardship fund for members of CILEX or their dependents only.


Lincoln’s Inn Scholarships are available for the South Eastern Circuit’s Advanced Advocacy Course. Additionally, we offer funding towards the cost of attending the Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College in Oxford, for members who undertake largely publicly funded work.

We also provide grants to members undertaking pupillage. Pupillage Grants are means tested and only available to those who have a combined chambers award/guaranteed earnings of under £25,000 and/or will be undertaking predominantly publicly funded work.