30 August 2013

Attention pupils: registering and completing pupillage

Commencing pupillage
All pupils commencing pupillage from 1 September 2013 must register their pupillage by completing a 2013-2014 pupillage registration form. They are also asked to complete a confidential survey - via http://svy.mk/16Xf556 - the results of which help the Bar Standards Board (BSB) monitor access to the legal profession.

Those who have successfully registered their pupillage will receive a confirmation email, which also outlines the requirements of the compulsory pupils' courses, as well as a copy of the pupillage handbook.

Completing pupillage
For those pupils completing pupillage and wishing to take up a 3rd six, tenancy, squatting or a position as an employed barrister, they will need to be issued with a full qualification certificate, certifying completion of pupillage, as well as a Full Practising Certificate from the Bar Council Records Office.

In order to be issued with a full qualification certificate, pupils must submit to the BSB:

  • a certificate of satisfactory completion of pupillage signed by all of their pupil supervisors during their 2nd six as well as the Head of Chambers/Director of Pupil Training;
  • a completed checklist including a specialist area checklist signed by all their pupil supervisors and the Head of Chambers/Director of Pupil Training.

Signed certificates and completed checklists should be sent to: Karen Bayley, Bar Standards Board, 289-293 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HZ (DX 240 LDE). Pupils are encouraged to submit a signed scanned version of these documents by email to pupillagerecords@barstandardsboard.org.uk.

Pupils must also ensure that the compulsory pupils' courses have been satisfactorily completed during pupillage and that the BSB has been notified of any changes in pupil supervisors by submitting a notification of material change form.

If you have any queries about completion of pupillage, please contact the Compliance Team on 0207 611 1444 or by email pupillagerecords@barstandardsboard.org.uk.