22 September 2019

Come to an FBT roadshow to find out more about how the training and qualification process for barristers is changing

From next month we are launching a series of roadshows across the circuits (insert link to event webpage) to raise awareness about  our plans to change the training and qualification process for becoming a barrister. Roadshows and events are planned as follows with more TBC:

  • Park Square Chambers, Leeds, 6 Park Square East, Leeds LS1 2LW, arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm start ends at 7pm, 18 October 2018; (rescheduled date tbc)
  • Midland Circuit roadshow, St Ives Chambers, 1-3 Whittall Street, Birmingham, B4 6DH,  arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm start ends at 7pm, 7 November 2018;
  • The BSB, 289-293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ,  arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm start ends at 7pm, 15 November 2018;
  • Deans Court Chambers, 24 St. John Street, Greater Manchester, M3 4DF,  arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm start ends at 7pm, 20 November 2018;
  • Bar Conference, 61-65 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5DA, 2pm-3pm, 24 November 2018 ( Book your place online); 
  • Western Circuit roadshow, St John's Chambers, 101 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6PU,  arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm start ends at 7pm, 28 November 2018; and
  • Wales and Chester Circuit, 9 Park Place Chambers, 9 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3DP, time tbc, 5 December 2018.

To book a place at a roadshow please email contactus@barstandardsboard.org.uk

In July we launched a consultation to seek views as to whether our proposed new rules for the training and qualification of barristers provide the right framework to give effect to the new policies announced recently by the regulator as part of our Future Bar Training (FBT) programme.

The rules themselves set a high-level framework and much of the policy implementation will be achieved by additional supporting documents, the overall effect of which will be:

  • the authorisation of a limited number of future training routes for students to qualify as barristers in England and Wales. This policy was first announced in the BSB's  Statement in March 2017 and will be facilitated by the new rules.  A separate Authorisation Framework outlines in more detail the basis by which the BSB will authorise training courses within any of the new training routes;
  • confirmation of the role of the Inns of Court in the training and qualification of barristers, as announced in the BSB's  Policy Statement in March 2018; and
  • provision for the future of pupillage and other forms of work-based learning including the policy changes announced in the BSB's  Policy Statement in May 2018.

The consultation presents a new, simplified set of qualification rules that will replace Part 4 (also known as the Bar Training Rules) of the current BSB Handbook. The consultation paper provides more detail about the specific rules that it is proposed will be introduced.

The new rules will be finalised in the autumn and, subject to approval by the Legal Services Board, are expected to take effect in early 2019. The closing date for this consultation is 17 September 2018.

Ahead of the conference why not familiarise yourself with the 2018 Pupillage Handbook to see what changes Future Bar Training is bringing in 2019?