The Harold G. Fox Education Fund was established in 1966 to build relationships between lawyers in Canada and the Middle Temple. Each year, the Fund sponsors two scholars to undertake a ten-month placement in a law firm in Toronto. These scholarships are now open to members of all the Inns.
The scholars are each awarded C$38,000 together with reasonable travelling expenses to and from Canada. Two lakeside furnished apartments in Toronto, minutes from the CN Tower, are owned by the Fund and are provided for each scholar at a subsidised cost of C$800 per month.
The Trust makes all the arrangements for the placements in the law firms. The firms tend to be either large litigation departments in ‘Seven Sisters’ firms, the equivalent to the UK’s ‘Magic Circle’, or smaller litigation boutiques. The Trust will also assist scholars with other opportunities such as marshalling in the Ontario Court of Appeal.
The scholarships start in September each year.
Candidates must be:
- a member of any Inn, of up to five years’ Call, or about to be Called to the Bar (and at the time of leaving for Canada, having successfully completed the BPTC);
- of good academic standing and supported by one academic reference;
- supported by references from a Pupil Supervisor or Head of Chambers if already a pupil or tenant.
The prestige of this award is such that past scholars have usually found chambers willing to postpone the start of pupillage or tenancy for the period of the scholarship.
Applications for this year’s scholarships are NOW CLOSED.