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COVID-19 Hardship Funding

The Inn has considered what help it may be able to provide to its members:

  1. who are currently in pupillage; or
  2. whose pupillage has been terminated (or is imminently threatened) on account of the current COVID-19 crisis; or
  3. those who are first year tenants in their chambers, but who are unable to participate in the Government’s scheme to assist the self-employed.

As we understand that scheme, accounts for the financial year 2018/2019 are required to establish a necessary background for a claim. That is not something that the above categories of persons are likely to be able to provide.

In collaboration with the Marshall Hall Trust, a relatively small charity that can provide assistance to Inner Temple members who encounter misfortune, the Inn proposes to try to reduce the disadvantage that pupils and first year tenants are likely to suffer because they do not qualify for the Government’s scheme. The aim is to provide up to 3 months of support at up to £2500 per person to those who can demonstrate

  1. that they would probably have had Bar earnings, including from any pupillage award, during that period which are going to be lost to them because of the COVID-19 crisis; and
  2. that they have no alternative source of funds they can reasonably be expected to rely on.

If you believe you qualify an application form can be downloaded below:

The Inn understands that approximately 130 of its members are currently in pupillage and a further 90 or thereabouts are first year tenants. It is not known how many of these will fall into the qualifying category described above, nor is it known what the financial outlay might be. It is expected that this initiative will primarily benefit pupils and new tenants who do publicly funded work, they being the ones most likely to be adversely affected, though the proposal is not confined to them. Therefore, no promises can be given about whether the aspiration to help qualifiers to the extent of £2500 can be met.

We can give no assurances about when decisions on any applications can be notified or when payments from accepted applications will be made, but the urgency of the situation is understood.

Paul Clark

Technology and Communications Officer

Paul Clark

Technology and Communications Officer

Paul Clark

Technology and Communications Officer

The Marshall Hall Trust

Chairman: Jonathan Waite QC

The Marshall Hall Trust was originally set up under the Will of Sir Edward Marshall Hall to help needy members of the Inner Temple.

With Social Security payments now available for the elderly this has allowed the Trust to widen its scope to give assistance to some students* and pupils, who through no fault of their own, e.g. loss of a parent or financial support being withdrawn, would not otherwise be able to complete the course or their pupillage.

The Trust can only help an applicant who is a member of the Inner Temple. Dependants of an Inner Templar are not directly eligible for assistance.

The object of the Trust is to give assistance by way of loan or grant to members of the Inner Temple who are in need. The Committee is also concerned to see that the investments are carefully managed, and that the income is fully used for the benefit of applicants. However, claims made on the funds vary from year to year, and it is never known in advance how great they will be in any year. In addition to giving direct assistance to those who have applied to it the Trust contributes to payments made by the Barristers' Benevolent Association for the benefit of members of the Inner Temple. The Trust's contribution varies from one half in the normal case to a smaller fraction where large sums are involved.

For more information or to apply for funding please contact the Secretary, Paul Clark.

Paul Clark

Technology and Communications Officer

Paul Clark

Technology and Communications Officer

Paul Clark

Technology and Communications Officer

* Financial assistance for students is not offered as a fund for those who need assistance with course fees or instead of a Scholarship. It is unlikely that the Trust will consider financially assisting someone who did not have enough funds to start the course. In exceptional circumstances they will consider someone who was already on the BPTC and found that for reasons (as listed in paragraph 1) could not complete the course. The Inn already offers a Scholarship scheme which has much greater funds available to it, for more information please visit the Scholarships section of the website.

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