Why are there so few pupillages available in FTSE 100 firms?

BACFI and the BSB held a workshop at Gray’s Inn on 21 March to find out why, when scores of pupillages were available 20 years ago in industry as well as chambers, only three commercial firms are currently registered as Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) and none have pupils at the moment.

A group of General Counsel, Heads of Chambers and would-be ATOs met Dr Vanessa Davies, Director of the BSB, Sam Stein QC, Chair of the Pupillage sub-committee and Andrea Clerk from the BSB Education Standards Department to discuss how to increase the availability of commercial pupillages and to float ideas for addressing the 21st Century challenges to training for the Bar. If you are from the CFI Bar and have ideas to suggest or experiences to relate, BACFI is still collecting these, for their submissions to the Legal Education and Training Review. Contact Secretary@Bacfi.org and look at www.bacfi.org for a report of the meeting.