Applications for the London VYAP Mentorship Programme 2022-2023 are now closed. We will be back with the new edition at the end of 2022.
After launching the very first edition of our annual Mentorship Programme in November 2020, London VYAP is pleased to confirm that we are back with the next edition. The objective of the programme is to connect our members – very young arbitration practitioners (of maximum 5 years post-qualification experience), with senior arbitration practitioners based in London. The programme aims to provide our members with a unique insight into the London arbitration community, offer support in developing their careers, make new connections and broaden their professional network.
How will the programme be structured
The Mentorship Programme works in one-year cycles and the 2022 edition will run between March 2022 and March 2023. During this period, mentees and mentors are encouraged to connect approximately once every three months depending on need and availability. Mentees and mentors are given the flexibility to structure their rapport in any way they deem fit.
London VYAP hopes that mentors will be able to share their career experience with two mentees and advise them on the most suitable steps to advance their career in line with their aspirations. To facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring and further promote networking opportunities, we encourage the mentors to hold small group sessions with both their mentees, in addition to/as an alternative to one-on-one meetings where possible.
Following the successful launch of the 2021 edition of the Mentorship Programme that was held via Zoom, we hope to be able to organise an in-person, networking event to kick-off the next edition (this will be subject to any Government guidance in place at that time). Further details will be confirmed closer to the date.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact the London VYAP Executive Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who should apply
The Mentorship Programme is open to all arbitration practitioners with up to five-years of post-qualification experience who have a connection to London and who are willing to take on an active role and display strong commitment to developing new professional connections. In particular, we welcome applications from qualified solicitors and barristers. However, each application will be considered on an individual basis and we will consider applicants from diverse personal and professional backgrounds.
Participants of the 2021 edition of the Mentorship Programme are also welcome to apply, but their prior involvement in the programme will be taken into account by the London VYAP Executive Committee.
Who are the mentors
In the 2021 edition of the Mentorship Programme, we successfully connected 28 mentees with 14 different mentors, each of whom are senior practitioners in the field of international arbitration at well-known law firms from across London. We will build on this experience in the 2022 edition and strive to ensure that all our mentors are diverse, supportive and well-established arbitration practitioners with 6 or more years of post-qualification experience.
The London VYAP Executive Committee will further ensure that the more senior mentees (i.e., those between 3 and 5 years of post-qualification experience) are paired with more senior mentors.
For any further information about the mentors and regular updates on mentor profiles, follow us on LinkedIn and tune in for our weekly "Meet the Mentor" series.
Mentee-mentor pairing and the dynamics of the Mentorship Programme
The London VYAP Executive Committee will take into account each mentee’s interests and experience to date to connect them with the mentors most suitable to their aspirations. The mentees will be expected to take on the following responsibilities:
Reach out to their allocated mentor to set up the initial meeting (which may be held in person or virtually, depending on the personal preference, availability and the Government guidance in place at any particular time);
Set out the main objective that they wish to achieve from the Mentorship Programme and propose a practical plan of how these may be achieved;
Collaborate with the second mentee in their group, communicate regularly with the mentor (whether jointly, or individually) and set up subsequent meetings; and
Provide feedback to London VYAP on the Mentorship Programme that will be used to improve the programme ahead of the launch of the 2023 edition.
How to apply
Members of London VYAP who wish to take part in the Mentorship Programme should apply through the online application form. The application requires that the interested candidates explain in no more than 300 words why they wish to participate in the Mentorship Programme. The London VYAP Executive Committee will thus be able to match mentees with the most suitable mentors. The prospective candidates are therefore encouraged to provide information regarding their career to date, their interests and aspirations.
The deadline for the application is 31 January 2022.