Important information for pupil barristers coming to the end of their 1st Six

When the relevant parts of the Legal Services Act 2007 came into force on 1 January 2010, it became a criminal offence to undertake a reserved legal activity, such as exercising a right of audience, without having in force a valid practising certificate. Therefore 2nd Six pupils require a practising certificate to be legally entitled to exercise reserved legal activities.

The Bar Standards Board will issue a practising certificate to those who have done the following:
  • completed a 1st Six, including completion of the compulsory pupils advocacy course
  • submitted to the BSB a satisfactorily completed certificate verifying completion of the 1st Six, signed by their pupil supervisor, and
  • registered a 2nd Six with the BSB
Until they have done so, 2nd Six pupils will not be able to obtain a practising certificate and therefore will not be able to exercise reserved legal activities as part of their 2nd Six. It is essential that they notify the BSB of all changes of pupil supervisor in their 1st Six, as submitting a certificate with different information to our records could result in a delay in issuing your practising certificate.

Guidance in relation to these changes can be found on our website: http://bit.ly/yosSoe.

Any queries regarding this information should be directed to the Pupillage Compliance team by emailing PupillageRecords@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk.
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