Overview

1) The rules regarding exemption from any of the individual components of Bar training are set out in the BSB Handbook at Rules Q7-Q12.

2) In addition, Rules Q13 to Q28 cover exemptions relating to:

  • Qualified Foreign Lawyers (QFLs)
  • Qualified European Lawyers (QELs)
  • Registered European Lawyers (RELs)
  • Transferring Solicitors
  • Teachers of the law of England and Wales
  • Individuals who have been granted rights of audience by another Approved Regulator.

3) The types of exemptions available and the application processes are explained in Parts 2D (D2) and 2D (D3) of the Bar Qualification Manual.

Other variations and reductions in pupillage

Pupillage Reduction

Application for a reduction in the total duration of pupillage based on experience gained outside the usual pupillage structure.

Application Form

Application Guidelines

Pupillage Reduction (Barrister also qualified as a Solicitor)

Application for a reduction in the total duration of pupillage by an individual who has both been Called to the Bar and enrolled as a solicitor.

Application Form

Application Guidelines

Pupillage Dispensation

Application for dispensation from the normal pupillage requirements (including acceptance of breaks in pupillage and commencement more than five years after completion of the vocational component of Bar training).

Application Form

Application Guidelines

Retrospective Registration

Application for permission to have a relevant period of pupillage treated as having commenced on a date other than the date of receipt of the registration form.

Application Form

Application Guidelines

4) In deciding whether to grant an exemption from part (or all) of any component of training, the BSB will determine whether the relevant knowledge and experience of the applicant make it unnecessary for further training to be required. The BSB will have regard to the competences in the Professional Statement and when they are assessed, as set out in the Curriculum and Assessment Strategy.