Bar Council

Bar Council’s ‘Modern’ Replacement For Pupillage Portal Isn’t Looking So Modern…

When you set your standards as low as Pupillage Portal (the recently-retired pupillage application website), it doesn’t take much to come up with an improvement. Sadly, this seems to be the philosophy guiding the development of its replacement, Pupillage Gateway. OK, it’s not quite that bad. But it’s bad… Hopefully the highly unimpressive-looking – and error… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Released: Bar Barometer, trends in the profile of the Bar [Bar Council] Internet access is a right, judges rule [The Telegraph] But…internet access is not a ‘human right’ – for perverts or anyone else [The Telegraph] Fantastic spoof lawyer website [bobduljohnsonattorneyatlaw.biz] Man who put cat in tumble drier jailed [The Independent] Intern just happens to… Read more »

Bar Social Mobility Week: Northerners Need Not Apply

This week is Bar social mobility placement week, with 69 high-achieving students from low-performing state schools getting to spend a few days hanging out in the Inns of Court with barristers and judges. Sadly, though, the scheme is only open to students in London schools, automatically precluding wannabe barristers from many of the poorest areas… Read more »

Don’t Fancy The BPTC? Well, You Could Try Nicknaming Yourself ‘Barrister’ Instead

My favourite character in the media storm that has embraced embattled Tory peer Baroness Warsi is ‘Barrister’ Abid (full name Abid Hussein), the Baroness’s Walthamstow-based business partner. When he’s not working on projects with Warsi, Abid – who graduated in law from Sheffield Hallam University – is a ‘third sector and external funding manager’ at… Read more »

Five Ways To Solve The Pupillage Crisis

The chairman of the Bar Council was recently reported in the Evening Standard saying that there are not enough pupillages for those trying to enter the Bar. This is not new, but that is not to say that it should not be news, writes The Law Horse. Every BPTC student gambles tens of thousands of… Read more »

Bar Council Chair’s Pupillage ‘Great Concern’ Sparks Evening Standard Letter Page Response Flurry

Yesterday’s Evening Standard featured several letters – including, naturally, a missal dispatched from Legal Cheek HQ – responding to Wednesday’s expression of concern by Bar Council chair Michael Todd QC  that “too many students” are leaving law schools with huge debts and “no realistic prospect of pupillage”. One correspondent even suggested that pupillage should be… Read more »

BPP Law School CEO Says Avoid Criminal Bar; Bar Council Chief Voices ‘Great Concern’ At Number Of Barrister Wannabes – Yet Still Students Keep Flocking To The BPTC

On Sunday BPP Law School chief executive Peter Crisp became the latest – and most unlikely – person to (indirectly) lend his voice to the growing chorus of warnings against doing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Speaking to The Sunday Times(£), Crisp said that he does “not advise going into criminal practice at the… Read more »

Legal Profession Is ‘Bedazzled By The Legend Of London’

In reality, the capital’s lawyers are no better than their regional counterparts, says The Law Horse A discussion on the #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast (24 February 2011) may have caught your ear. It caught mine. At 21:17 of the podcast, Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge stumbled into specious territory: “If you want to talk about the hierarchies… Read more »

Who Are You Calling a Paralegal?

The title of non-practising barrister needs to be given more weight to reflect Bar school graduates’ educational achievements, argues OccupyTheInns In his Legal Cheek article last week Simon Myerson QC referred to me as an “anonymous paralegal”. This was saddening because Mr Myerson – whose work I had hitherto regarded with the upmost respect –… Read more »

Make a Difference: Sponsor a Pupil Barrister For Just £3 a Day

Andrew Jackson, a barrister at 5 Pump Court Chambers, has come up with a compelling proposal to raise the measly £12K minimum pupillage award I simply do not accept the fake hand-wringing about pupillage pay. “I wish we could pay our pupils more – they certainly deserve it!” is the typical barristers’ response when this… Read more »

Sloppy Reporting Obscures Bar’s True Pupillage Problems

A contributing factor towards lack of diversity at the Bar, and the oversupply of wannabe barristers, is poor reporting of the issues by the legal press, says Alex Aldridge For journalists, stats-based pieces can be a pain, because they require meticulousness and frequently more work than straight reporting of events. Often you just don’t have… Read more »

£65K FOR A PUPILLAGE?!

Follow @FellowsAdam Adam Fellows considers the discrepancies between pupil earnings, and asks whether the Bar should bring back unfunded pupillages At Legal Cheek, the matter of pupillages has been getting a lot of attention recently. Two posts by jobless Bar graduate OccupyTheInns – one about ways of showing dissatisfaction with the lack of pupillages and… Read more »