Chambers criticised for giving pupils silent treatment – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 1st, 2021 in barristers, news, notification, pupillage, recruitment by tracey

‘Chambers that fail to respond to unsuccessful applicants for pupillage – the great majority – have been urged to mend their ways, after a student claimed the practice “damages the integrity of the profession.”’

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Law Society's Gazette, 31st March 2021

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Male barrister suspended for lewd comments aimed at female mini-pupil – Legal Futures

‘An experienced barrister who made crude sexual comments to a woman on a mini-pupillage has been suspended for six months and told not to take on pupils or mini-pupils in future.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd March 2020

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Quarter of pupil barristers experiencing financial hardship – Legal Futures

Posted March 18th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘Almost a quarter of pupil barristers (23%) say they are experiencing “some financial hardship” during the pandemic, a survey by the Bar Council has found.’

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Legal Futures, 18th March 2021

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Bar Council warns of post-pandemic barrister shortfall – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 8th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Council has warned that the pandemic could cause a “persisting” shortage of barristers, after the number of pupillages registered last year fell by 35%.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th February 2021

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Covid hits numbers at the Bar and starting pupillages – Legal Futures

Posted February 1st, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, diversity, equality, news, pilot schemes, pupillage, racism, statistics by tracey

‘Covid has flattened the number of new practising barristers and hit pupillages hard, but there was a sharp rise in the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 1st February 2021

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Chambers seeks to rally support for Bar-wide pupillage academy – Legal Futures

Posted December 21st, 2020 in barristers, legal education, news, pupillage by sally

‘A not-for-profit “pupillage academy” that would support chambers across England and Wales to offer more pupillages has been proposed by national chambers Clerksroom.’

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Legal Futures, 21st December 2020

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Commercial sets back scheme to fund criminal law pupillages – Legal Futures

Posted December 15th, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, criminal justice, news, pupillage by tracey

‘Eight commercial chambers have signed up to a Bar Council scheme to fund criminal law pupillages that would otherwise not be available because of the Covid-19 pandemic.’

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Legal Futures, 15th December 2020

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BSB publishes its first Regulatory Decisions Report – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its first annual Regulatory Decisions Report. It covers the year ending on 31 March 2020.’

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Bar Standards Board, 27th November 2020

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Bullying at the Bar “tolerated”, with pupils suffering most – Legal Futures

Posted October 13th, 2020 in barristers, bullying, harassment, news, pupillage by sally

‘Bullying, discrimination and harassment at the Bar is perceived to be tolerated “to a certain extent” due to its “adversarial, male-dominated culture and competitive nature”, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 13th October 2020

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Bar Council: Positive action like ‘preferential briefing’ can aid diversity – Legal Futures

Posted October 7th, 2020 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, pupillage, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘Positive action – such as giving female barristers preferential access to briefs after returning to chambers from career breaks – can bring about real change in addressing under-representation at the Bar, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 7th October 2020

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Commercial chambers offers £20k to fund withdrawn pupillage at crime set – Legal Futures

Posted September 16th, 2020 in barristers, budgets, coronavirus, criminal justice, government departments, news, pupillage by michael

‘A London commercial chambers has put up £20,000 to fund a pupillage that a criminal set has had to withdraw because of the impact of Covid-19.’

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Legal Futures, 16th September 2020

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BSB publishes report on the impact of Covid-19 on pupillage – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 11th, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, news, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report on the impact that Covid-19 is having on pupillages. The report finds that, while chambers and other organisations have shown a commendable commitment to sustaining pupillages in difficult circumstances, there is likely to be some pressure on the supply of pupillages available from 2020 to 2022.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th September 2020

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Covid knock-on puts future pupillage numbers under pressure – Legal Futures

Posted September 9th, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘The number of chambers delaying pupillages that were due to start this month or next is likely to have a knock-on effect on the supply of places until 2022, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) said today.’

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Legal Futures, 8th September 2020

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Transitioning back to chambers – Counsel

Posted September 8th, 2020 in barristers, barristers' clerks, coronavirus, mental health, news, pupillage by sally

‘As chambers begin to repopulate amid continuing uncertainties, wellbeing policies are more important now than ever. Dr Anna Colton and Lucy Burrows explain how to spot signs of anxiety and protect members, pupils and staff.’

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Counsel, September 2020

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Diversity of criminal bar at risk as junior barristers forced to quit – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, criminal justice, diversity, minorities, news, pupillage by sally

‘Junior barristers and pupils from underrepresented backgrounds are dropping out of the profession at an alarming rate, threatening the diversity of the criminal bar, the anonymous blogger and author known as Secret Barrister has warned.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2020

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Call for Inns to act as pupillage shortage worsens – Legal Futures

Posted June 25th, 2020 in barristers, inns of court, news, pupillage by sally

‘The Inns of Court should build a “large co-working space”, possibly on one of their “grand gardens”, to increase the number of pupillages, the president of the Middle Temple Students Association has said.’

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Legal Futures, 25th June 2020

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Black lawyers launch initiative to fight racial injustice – Legal Futures

‘A group of lawyers has begun crowdfunding to support a new initiative aiming to combat racial injustice by facilitating access to justice, funding and legal representation.’

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Legal Futures, 4th June 2020

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BSB outlines concern over post-virus ‘virtual’ chambers – Legal Futures

Posted May 22nd, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, flexible working, news, pupillage by sally

‘Some chambers may choose to continue operating virtually once the Covid-19 crisis passes, with “significant implications” for their support services and collegiality, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) heard yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd May 2020

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BSB approves online exams with “astonishing” anti-cheat rules – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has announced that Bar students will be able to take this year’s exams online – but barristers have expressed concern about the “astonishing” anti-cheating provisions.’

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Legal Futures, 14th May 2020

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Most chambers “face collapse” without government cash – Legal Futures

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in barristers, budgets, coronavirus, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘More than half of barristers’ chambers will go out of business within six months if they do not receive financial support from the government during the coronavirus crisis, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk