1. Application to COIC's Pupillage Matched Funding Scheme (2021-22 and 2022-23 pupillages)

COIC welcomes applications for matched funding for 2021-22 and 2022-23 pupillages.

The COIC Pupillage Matched Funded Scheme (PMF) helps provide additional pupillages in Chambers, and other approved training organisations, predominantly engaged in legally aided work. Encouragingly, a growing number of Chambers are applying for COIC matched funded grants. COIC is set to support 34 pupillages in 2020. This is an impressive improvement on the scheme’s first year of operation in 2014, when it supported 14 pupillages.

How the scheme works
It is a prerequisite of the scheme that chambers understand that matched funded pupillages are in addition to those they would have offered in any event. COIC match pupillage funding already provided by chambers with a total grant of £9,450 for 2021-22 London pupillages and £8,050 for 2021-22 out of London pupillages and, £9,550 for 2022-23 London pupillages and £8,150 for 2022-23 out of London pupillages, to fund the first six months of an additional pupillage. COIC welcomes applications for half of the above amounts if that would enable those Chambers who can only contemplate taking on one pupil to do so. Chambers are responsible for ensuring that the total pupillage award meets the BSB’s minimum award for the year in question. COIC appreciates that the receipt of grants is all the more important to chambers during the global pandemic, and are offering flexibility with the opportunity to defer awards where necessary. 

How to apply
Applications to match fund 2021-22 and 2022-23 pupillages are invited between 1 September and 23 October 2020. Decisions will be communicated during the week commencing 2 November 2020. Online applications can be made at www.coic.org.uk/pupillage-matched-funding.

To find out more please email Hayley Dawes, COIC Secretary: hdawes@coic.org.uk