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

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Calls to protect criminal solicitors, pupils and LPC students – Legal Futures

‘Criminal defence solicitors in London yesterday threatened to stop attending police stations and a protocol to protect pupil barristers was published among efforts to protect the profession during the coronarivus pandemic.’

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Legal Futures, 25th March 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Pupils must have written agreements from May – Legal Futures

Posted February 4th, 2020 in continuing professional development, diversity, news, pupillage by sally

‘Written pupillage agreements will become compulsory from 1 May 2020, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 4th February 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Minimum pupillage award from 1 January 2020 announced – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 21st, 2019 in barristers, news, pupillage, remuneration by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced that the rate for the minimum pupillage award that will apply from 1 January 2020 will be £18,866 per annum for pupillages in London and £16,322 per annum for pupillages outside London.’

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Bar Standards Board, 20th November 2019

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Solicitors “need to get out more” to boost profession’s image – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2019 in legal education, legal profession, news, pupillage, solicitors by sally

‘Sixteen-year-olds have been invited to compete in a competition aimed at educating them about the work of a solicitor and testing their aptitude, with the winner receiving financial support to become one.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Aspiring barristers “not told reality of obstacles facing them” – Legal Futures

Posted October 3rd, 2019 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal education, news, pupillage, women by tracey

‘Students aspiring to careers at the Bar are not always told clearly the difficulties they will face with obtaining a pupillage and funding their studies, according to a retired High Court judge.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd October 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Pupillage advice: where to get it – Counsel

Posted September 25th, 2019 in barristers, news, podcasts, pupillage by michael

‘I’ve not met anyone who found the pupillage application process easy. Even the most brilliant candidates agonise over their applications and worry about how best to prepare for that curveball interview question. So, how do you maximise the chances of success? Even before that, how do you pick the right area of law?’

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Counsel, September 2019

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Bar delays ‘anti-abuse’ written contracts for pupils – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 17th, 2019 in barristers, codes of practice, contracts, delay, news, pupillage, standards by tracey

‘The bar regulator has delayed the introduction of compulsory written pupillage agreements which could tackle the “abusive” treatment of pupils.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th September 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB delays introduction of written pupillage agreements – Legal Futures

Posted September 13th, 2019 in barristers, codes of practice, delay, news, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has delayed plans to require chambers to enter into written agreements with pupils, which were due to come into force in just two months’ time.’

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Legal Futures, 13th September 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Written pupillage agreements may help counter “shocking abuse” – Legal Futures

Posted August 5th, 2019 in barristers, legal education, news, pupillage, quality assurance, standards by tracey

‘Requiring chambers to enter into written agreements with pupils may help to counter “shocking” instances of abusive treatment, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 5th August 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

White students still way out ahead in race for pupillages – Legal Futures

‘White students are significantly more likely to obtain pupillage than those from BAME backgrounds, with the gap widest among those who have not achieved the highest results, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 4th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court refuses employed lawyer pupillage exemption – Legal Futures

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in barristers, news, pupillage by tracey

‘The High Court has a rejected a challenge to a decision by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) refusing to grant an exemption from the first non-practising stage of pupillage.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Written pupillage agreements to reduce “inappropriate behaviour” – Legal Futures

‘Making written pupillage agreements compulsory could reduce the risk of pupil barristers being subjected to “inappropriate behaviour”, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.
It signalled the move in an informal consultation that also proposes to make it compulsory for chambers and other training providers to bring their pupillage recruitment timetables into line with the Pupillage Gateway.’

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Legal Futures, 9th May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB seeking views on pupillage recruitment and advertising timetable – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 8th, 2019 in advertising, barristers, press releases, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is writing to key stakeholders to ask whether it should be made mandatory for Chambers and other Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs) providing the pupillage / work-based learning component of Bar training to bring their recruitment timetable into line with the Pupillage Gateway. Currently, the gateway timetable is between November and May. All pupillages must currently be advertised on the Gateway but the BSB believes that obliging all those offering pupillage to recruit to the same timetable would make recruitment fairer for all candidates.’

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Bar Standards Board, 7th may 2019

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk