BSB promises to tackle ‘ageing’ bar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 18th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board has warned that there could be “real challenges” ahead if the average age of barristers continues to rise, following a study which found that 40% of barristers are now over 50 years old.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th October 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar students need more pupillage data to avoid “buyer’s remorse” – Legal Futures

Posted October 15th, 2021 in barristers, computer programs, legal education, news, pupillage by tracey

‘Bar students should be given detailed information from chambers about their pupillage criteria to avoid suffering from “buyer’s remorse” when they realise how difficult it is to succeed, a barrister and former Bar course teacher has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 15th October 2021

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To cap or not to cap, that is the question – Counsel

Posted October 5th, 2021 in barristers, legal education, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘There is a debate that perennially surfaces on social media and leads to animated discussion – “far too many students start the Bar course with little or no prospects of success; spending money they can ill afford; and that any given scholarship money could be used differently”. The debate can be stifled, or misdirected, by inaccurate statistics or recollections of a Bar course from a halcyon age. Fortunately, and in the best Twitter form, this debate also provides a whole host of suggested solutions.’

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Counsel, October 2021

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Black candidates least likely to find a pupillage, research finds – Legal Futures

Posted October 5th, 2021 in minorities, news, pupillage, reports, statistics by sally

‘Candidates from Black backgrounds are much less likely than other candidates to secure a pupillage, a report from the Bar Council has found.’

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Legal Futures, 5th October 2021

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Quarter of pupillage hopefuls £50k in debt – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 4th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, debts, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘Over a third of aspiring barristers expect to have racked up over £40,000 of debt by the time they complete pupillage, as the number of applicants competing for jobs continues to rise.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st October 2021

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Tribunal declines to strike out pupillage discrimination claim – The Guardian

‘An employment tribunal has refused to strike out a claim that a chambers discriminated against a pupillage applicant even though it has “little reasonable chance” of succeeding.’

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Legal Futures, 21st September 2021

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Barrister apprenticeships a “viable option”, specialist argues – Legal Futures

Posted September 9th, 2021 in barristers, employment, news, paralegals, pupillage by sally

‘Apprenticeships are a “viable option” to qualification as a barrister, but they would need collaboration between the Bar Standards Board, education providers and the Bar, a new paper has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 9th September 2021

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Pupil victim of sexual assault by barrister “let down by system” – Legal Futures

‘A female victim of sexual assault by a male barrister has spoken about how she was let down by her chambers, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS)’

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Legal Futures, 14th June 2021

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Bar: ‘no end to justice emergency’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In April 2020, the Bar Council predicted that 80% of chambers would collapse within a year without urgent financial aid. More than a year on, the pandemic persists – as do the vast majority of chambers. Were the early warnings overblown, or is the future of the bar still at risk?’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th May 2021

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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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk