12 Nov 2020

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced that the rate for the minimum pupillage award that will apply from 1 January 2021 will be £18,960 for 12-month pupillages in London and £16,601 per annum for pupillages outside London.

This follows the BSB’s introduction of new Bar Qualification Rules in 2019 requiring a minimum award to be paid to those undertaking pupillage or any other form of work-based learning. The award is set having regard to the Living Wage Foundation’s hourly rate recommendations, which are announced in November each year. The rates in 2020 have been £18,866 for 12-month pupillages in London and £16,322 for 12-month pupillages outside London.   

The annual increase applies from January each year to all pupils, regardless of when they started pupillage. Monthly payments to pupils must be adjusted accordingly.

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