Whilst the majority of amendments are for administrative purposes, there is one particular change of note, which is the increase in pupillage fees from £10,000 to £12,000 per annum. Subject to LSB approval, the increase in pupillage fees will come into effect on 1 September 2011. This change is intended to ensure that pupils are properly funded so that the Bar can remain an open, accessible profession.

Following this recommendation by the Pupillage Review Group, chaired by Derek Wood QC, we have already stated that it is good practice for chambers to pay the increased amount, but its inclusion in the Code of Conduct will make this compulsory. The BSB wishes to support pupils but equally does not wish to see a rise in minimum funding to cause pupillages to be withdrawn, so if the number of pupillages offered by your chambers would be significantly affected by this change, please do not hesitate to contact us at: ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk.