The defining images in the second series of BBC legal drama Silk – which drew to a close last night – were (arguably) 1) Clive Reader’s beautiful New York style loft apartment and 2) Clive Reader’s exotic sports car.
Both are way more commercial Bar than publicly funded Bar. Yet Reader (pictured) is a criminal barrister. How could he afford such extravagances?
I know, I know, Silk’s not real. But it’s the propagation of this sort of misleading have-your-cake-and-eat-it myth that’s behind the massive oversupply of wannabe barristers who enrol each year on the BPTC.
To set the record straight: the commercial Bar = geeky, intellectual, dry, not much time in court, but loads of money.
The criminal bar = like Silk, but without the money.
Bar graduate Adam Fellows on why, in spite of the odds, he’s determined to land a pupillage
Earlier this month, a few of my colleagues and I went to the Bar Council to take part in an evidence gathering session to feed into a review of the pupillage application system. The online application system has been overhauled over the past few years, and chambers change their minds every year as to whether they want to be a part of it, or not. However, regardless of their membership of the Pupillage Portal, each chambers asks the same question, “why do you want to be a barrister?” The question typically allows 150 words. Thinking about it, the focus of the question can change a lot depending upon where you put the stress on the sentence.