17 August 2017

Training during pupillage

All pupils must attend an Advocacy Training Course and Practice Management course during pupillage. A full qualification certificate will not be issued at the end of pupillage unless these requirements have been met. Barristers are also required to undertake a Forensic Accountancy Course during pupillage or during the first three years of practice.

 

Pupils Advocacy Course 

 

The Pupils' Advocacy Course provides training on core aspects of advocacy, including case preparation, witness handling, speeches and pleas in mitigation.

All Inns and circuits provide Advocacy Training Courses for their pupils. Pupils in London or on the South Eastern Circuit are required to attend the course run by their Inn; pupils on circuit are required to attend the course run by that circuit. Advocacy training should, except in exceptional circumstances, be completed in the first six months of pupillage. If the course is not completed in the first six months, the non-practising months of pupillage will be extended until the course has been satisfactorily completed.

 

Practice Management Course

 

The Practice Management Course provides training on a number of matters essential to those starting out in practice, including:

  • personal and business finance; 
  • professional relationships with solicitors;
  • practical advice from the Bench about first appearances in court.

All Inns and circuits provide Advocacy Training Courses for their pupils. Pupils in London or on the South Eastern Circuit are required to attend the course run by their Inn; pupils on circuit are required to attend the course run by that circuit.
 

Forensic Accountancy Course

 

The Forensic Accountancy Course introduces practitioners to the use of financial and accounting information in practice at the Bar. Most litigations involve financial affairs; this programme helps strengthen pupils' ability to ask the right questions and cross-examine in court. Topics include:

  • know what business, financial and accounting documents are relevant for the purpose of litigation;
  • have a basic understanding of standard accounting systems, both documentary and computerised;
  • be able to communicate effectively with accountants and experts on matters relating to monetary claims;
  • be more confident in dealing with business, financial and accounting information in practice.

A new online training course is now available. The online course is provided by BPP Professional Education in conjunction with BDO LLP.

 

Failure to Complete

 

Pupils who do not complete all required elements of training during pupillage will not be entitled to a full qualification certificate, even if they have completed 12 months pupillage. Without a full qualification certificate, they will not be entitled to a practising certificate and so will not be able to enter into independent practice or exercise rights of audience as an employed barrister. A pupil who holds himself or herself out as a tenant or squatter before the grant of a full qualification certificate is in breach of Rule C19 of the Code of Conduct in the BSB Handbook and will be referred to the Professional Conduct Committee.