19 April 2019

Requirement to complete a Forensic Accountancy Course during pupillage or the first three years of practice to cease from 1 March 2019.

In May 2018, we agreed to a number of policy changes as part of our wide-ranging Future Bar Training programme. One of the agreed changes was to remove the requirement to complete a Forensic Accountancy Course during pupillage or the first three years of practice as a barrister. This requirement will cease on 1 March 2019.

The change came about at the recommendation of the Curriculum and Assessment Review group, which considered all aspects of a prospective barrister's training journey in the context of the Professional Statement. The Professional Statement describes the knowledge, skills and attributes that all barristers should have on 'day one' of practice. The key outcomes of the Forensic Accounting course do not have a clear alignment with the Professional Statement competences.

Those already registered on the Forensic Accountancy Course will still have the opportunity to benefit from, and complete, the course as BPP will provide continued support until 28 February 2020. The standard access period is 12 months starting from the date you enrolled onto the programme with BPP. If your enrolment to the programme has expired, please contact BPP to discuss this matter further.