17 January 2018

Sir Andrew’s blog: We are going on the road!

On 16 September our Director of Education and Training, Dr Simon Thornton-Wood, is leaving for pastures new.

In four years with us Simon has led the development of education and training regulation for the Bar. This includes introducing the Professional Statement, which sets out the skills, knowledge and attributes a barrister is expected to have upon being issued a practising certificate. Most recently he led the Future Bar Training (FBT) programme - a major review of the way in which prospective barristers train and qualify to practise at the Bar.

I am grateful to Simon for all of his contributions.

Now, as we take forward Simon's excellent work, it is your chance to shape Bar training for the next generation. Next month we are formally launching our consultation on FBT to gather views on the proposed options for how barristers should qualify; please take this opportunity to help us make our decision in 2017.

Those interested in sharing their opinions can submit their response to us through a formal consultation paper or attend one of our events hosted across the country. See the 'Have your say… on the future of training for the Bar' section to find out more.

We will also be represented at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference (15 October), the Bar Council's National Pupillage Fair (22 October) and TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair (5 November).

Our education and training functions have been absorbed into our Regulatory Assurance Department (formally Supervision) under Oliver Hanmer. His portfolio includes Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This is another changing area with a new CPD regime launching in 2017 for the Established Practitioners' Programme (EPP). We are visiting each circuit to explain the changes face-to-face. In addition, members of our executive team are attending these roadshows to answer your questions on any aspect of our regulatory remit. As with previous workshops, we are keen to hear your views.

You can read more about the CPD workshops and our FBT consultation in this issue. I hope that as many of you as possible can take advantage of these opportunities to meet your regulator.