BSB major review of pupillage

The Bar Standards Board reported in the September edition of BSB News that following the review of the BVC, a Working Group would be set up to undertake a major review of pupillage.


The first meeting, chaired by Derek Wood QC, is scheduled to take place at the end of October and the Group is expected to report
to the BSB after one year. The Working Group will be considering whether the current methods of delivering the one-year pupillage are
the most appropriate and specifically examining and making recommendations on a wide range of issues, such as:

  • whether standards (both those required for pupillage training organisations, and those attained by pupils) are set at the right
    level;
  • whether the current selection and recruitment procedures for pupillage are fair and effective in selecting the best candidates
    for the Bar;
  • whether current systems for funding pupillage are effective;
    and
  • guidance for pupils and their supervisors will also be reviewed.

The Group will take into account the work that had already been done in this area, and carry out extensive consultation with the Inns, Circuits, Bar Council and BSB Committees, supervisors, pupils and other relevant bodies. Suggestions and comments to feed in to the Review are welcome.

 

 

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