Aspiring barristers offered chance to win £12,000 pupillage bonus

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Pupils vying for ICLR’s cash top-up will be judged on financial need and merit

A leading legal charity is offering wannabe barristers a chance to boost their pupillage award by £12,000.

Courtesy of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR), the hefty sum will be awarded to one successful would-be barrister based on both their financial need and merit, but irrespective of their chambers’ core practice area. To be eligible to apply, rookies must have a confirmed offer of pupillage to commence between 1 October and 1 December 2019.

In a tweak to last year’s selection criteria, the pupillage award offered by chambers cannot exceed £25,000 (previously £18,000), including guaranteed earnings. This means one lucky pupil could see their total award increase to a hefty £37,000.

The 2019 Legal Cheek Chambers Most List

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete a short legal report based on an unreported judgment, with the final winner selected by a three-strong judging panel: 1 Crown Office Row‘s Margaret Bowron QC, Mr Justice Roth and ICLR’s editor, Clive Scowen.

The application window opens today and closes on 31 March.

The ICLR’s latest cash add-on follows confirmation that minimum pupillage awards across England and Wales will be set in line with the salaries recommended by the Living Wage Foundation (LWF) from 1 September. The Bar Standards Board (BSB) confirmed the minimum pupillage award will be £18,436 in London and £15,728 everywhere else. These will increase at the start of each year, following the publication of LWF’s recommended hourly rate for the year ahead.

As things stand, the minimum a chambers can offer a pupil is £12,000 a year regardless of location. However, Legal Cheek’s Chambers Most List 2019 shows that many of London’s top commercial sets offer awards in excess of £70,000.

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So …

The legal aid bar is so incompetent that it expands exponentially with no regard to its future. Over supply, entirely foreseeably, crashes the market and wages plummet.

And the answer is for the rest of us to subsidise the circus while those responsible take no blame for their action.



Have you ever visited the planet Earth?

Legal Aid rates have been frozen for 25 years and spending on legal aid has been reduced by 50% since 2010 and the number of firms holding legal aid contracts contracts has gone down by 30%. This is not over-supply. Its the opposite. It called market exit.



No, 3.55. Chambers keep holding the same numbers despite a reduced market. That is over supply. The criminal bar is the worst for it.



I’m hefty


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