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Financial Support for Members

Financial support is available for members of the Inn from a wide range of sources. The Inn enhanced the support available to members during the Covid19 pandemic, but there are also other sources of support that are accessible to members.

Covid-19 Emergency Hardship Funds

The Inn’s hardship funds are designed primarily to assist pupils and other junior barristers who are not eligible for either the government assistance for the self-employed or for help from the Barristers Benevolent Association (BBA). An application form is available on this page.

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.

Covid-19 Rent Assistance

The Inn is sensitive to the fact that Bar, commercial and residential tenants may be suffering financial hardship due to the Covid19 pandemic. Our main objective is to provide effective financial assistance where it is most needed. With that objective in mind, the Inn will consider applications for financial assistance in relation to rent where tenants are facing real difficulty. An application form is available on this page for residents, chambers, and commercial premises, along with guidance on the application process.


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.