24 June 2017

Annexe R - Pupillage Funding and Advertising Requirements

From 6 January 2014 the Bar should refer to a  new Handbook for rules and guidance on their conduct as barristers.

Annexe R - The Pupillage Funding and Advertising Requirements 2003  

1. The members of a set of chambers must pay to each non-practising chambers pupil by the end of each month of the non-practising six months of his pupillage no less than:

(a) £1,000; plus

(b) such further sum as may be necessary to reimburse expenses reasonably incurred by the pupil on:
(i) travel for the purposes of his pupillage during that month; and
(ii) attendance during that month at courses which he is required to attend as part of his pupillage.

2. The members of a set of chambers must pay to each practising chambers pupil by the end of each month of the practising six months of his pupillage no less than:

(a) £1,000; plus

(b) such further sum as may be necessary to reimburse expenses reasonably incurred by the pupil on:

(i) travel for the purposes of his pupillage during that month; and
(ii) attendance during that month at courses which he is required to attend as part of his pupillage; less


(c) such amount, if any, as the pupil may receive during that month from his practice as a barrister; and less

(d) such amounts, if any, as the pupil may have received during the preceding months of his practising pupillage from his practice as a barrister, save to the extent that the amount paid to the pupil in respect of any such month was less than the total of the sums provided for in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) above.

3. The members of a set of chambers may not seek or accept repayment from a chambers pupil of any of the sums required to be paid under paragraphs 1 and 2 above, whether before or after he ceases to be a chambers pupil, save in the case of misconduct on his part.

Advertising

4. All vacancies for pupillages must be advertised on a website designated by the Bar Council and the following information must be provided:

(a) The name and address of chambers.

(b) The number of tenants.

(c) A brief statement of the work undertaken by chambers eg "predominately criminal".

(d) The number of pupillage vacancies.

(e) The level of award.

(f) The procedure for application.

(g) The minimum educational or other qualification required;

(h) The date of closure for the receipt of applications.

(i) The date by which the decisions on the filling of vacancies will be made.

Application

5. The requirements set out in paragraphs 1 to 4 above:

(a) apply in the case of pupillages commencing on or after 1st September 2011;

(b) do not apply in the case of pupils who were granted exemption from the Vocational Stage of training under Regulation 59 of the Bar Training Regulations;1

(c) do not apply in the case of pupils who are undertaking a period of pupillage in a set of chambers as part of a pupillage training programme offered by another organisation that is authorised by the Bar Council to take pupils.

(d) do not apply in the case of pupils who have completed both the non-practising and the practising six months of pupillage;

(e) save as provided in paragraph 3 above, do not apply in respect of any period after a pupil ceases, for whatever reason, to be a chambers pupil; and

(f) may be waived in part or in whole by the Pupillage Funding and Advertising Panel

6. For the purposes of these requirements:

(a) "chambers pupil" means, in respect of any set of chambers, a pupil undertaking the non-practising or practising six months of pupillage with a pupil-master or pupil-masters who is or are a member or members of that set of chambers;

(b) "non-practising chambers pupil" means a chambers pupil undertaking the non-practising six months of pupillage;

(c) "practising chambers pupil" means a chambers pupil undertaking the practising six months of pupillage;

(d) "month" means calendar month commencing on the same day of the month as that on which the pupil commenced the non-practising or practising six months pupillage, as the case may be;

(e) any payment made to a pupil by a barrister pursuant to paragraph 805 of the Code of Conduct shall constitute an amount received by the pupil from his practice as a barrister; and

(f) the following travel by a pupil shall not constitute travel for the purposes of his pupillage:

(i) travel between his home and chambers; and
(ii) travel for the purposes of his practice as a barrister

1.Bar Training Regulations effective from 1st September 2009