Important information for pupil barristers and pupil supervisors

When the relevant parts of the Legal Services Act 2007 come into force on 1 January 2010, it will become a criminal offence to undertake a reserved legal activity, such as exercising a right of audience without having in force a valid practising certificate.

Pupils have not historically been granted practising certificates; however, arrangements are currently in hand to issue practising certificates to those who will be undertaking their second six months of pupillage from 1 January 2010.

Letters and guidance will be sent to all pupils and pupil supervisors during the course of November advising of the full implications of the changes and further information and guidance will be available on the BSB’s website by the end of November.