If Pupillage Portal Doesn’t Work Then It’s The New York Bar

OccupyTheInns ponders the merits of a high risk, yet potentially high reward, plan B This week I have turned once more to the business of pupillage application as Pupillage Portal opened for its Spring season. There again were the familiar questions: “Why do you wish to become a barrister?”, “What areas of practice are you… Read more »

Time For Barristers To Put Hands in Their Pockets

Pupillage should be the test for Bar wannabes, not interviews – and wealthy barristers should pay, argues OccupyTheInns Rarely have I found myself nodding as fiercely in agreement as yesterday when I read Andrew Jackson’s proposal to raise the minimum pupillage award by having barristers effectively compelled to pay £3 a day towards the training… Read more »

Occupy London Mock Trial Pics – by Noah Arjomand

*Update Saturday 21 January: Occupy has cancelled the mock trial of RBS scheduled for today* Below is the spruced-up main courtroom in the disused Old Street magistrates’ court – squatted by protesters since last month – where Occupy is currently holding three mock trials. Yesterday was war crimes, today the effect of the legal aid… Read more »

#RoundMyKitchenTable: Do the Inns of Court Need Modernising?

      Why do the Inns of Court make public their combined £4.7m scholarship fund, but refuse to disclose the revenue they generate from their massive property portfolios? Inner Temple recruitment manager Anthony Dursi sheds some light on this bugbear of journalist Alex Aldridge, while corporate lawyer Kevin Poulter wonders out loud whether anyone… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 6 January

Authorities taking steps to evict regional Occupy protesters – BBC and Sheffield Star Maldives president asks for legal ruling on spas  – Travel Weekly Cameron’s attack on health & safety culture challenged by legal sector – Insurance Age Footballer Joey Barton ponders whether a player or referee could be sued – Football365.com

Occupy London Fight to Conduct “Trials of The 1%”

Occupy London’s fledgling Occupy Justice campaign will find out this morning whether it can continue occupying a disused Shoreditch magistrates’ court (pictured), where its members have been holed up since 20 December. An adjournment to the interim possession order proceedings brought against Occupy by the court’s property developer owner, Mastcraft Limited, will buy the protesters… Read more »

OCCUPY THE LAW SOCIETY! (in a nice way)

Follow @pondcat Other than a short-lived campaign to occupy the Inns of Court, there are few examples of law students engaging with issues affecting the legal profession, says LPC student Cat Pond During the recent public sector strikes, I was struck by the size of the turnout and the vehemence of the strikers. For many… Read more »


Follow @OccupyTheInns Unless the legal profession acts, an occupation of the Inns of Court could become inevitable, argues OccupyTheInns During the last few days I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that it is not currently a realistic objective to occupy the Inns of Court. It has become clear to me that it is simply… Read more »


When I got a tip-off from Kevin Poulter last Friday about a legal tent at the OccupyLondon protest at St Paul’s, I knew it’d make a great story, so I got on my bike and headed down to take a look. My article about Occupy’s legal team is in the Guardian today. It includes my… Read more »


Follow @JoshuaRozenberg Joshua Rozenberg, Britain’s best-known legal commentator, takes 5 minutes out to share his views on OccupyLondon, media-friendly judges and who he most enjoys following on Twitter If you were 21 again, and had just graduated into this harsh job market, what would your strategy be? To take a year off; work abroad; and… Read more »