21 September 2019

Message from our Chair Sir Andrew Burns KCMG

In my short time here at the BSB I have come across a number of exciting projects. I hope you are already aware of our Future Bar Training programme, for example - our vision for the future of legal education and training.

You can read more details in our recent programme update and press release. I would like to emphasise from the outset that we need your help - we simply cannot do it without you .

Coming from a non-legal background, I find it fascinating to learn about how candidates prepare for the diverse activities they will encounter in their career as a barrister. It is vitally important to have a robust training regime that protects standards and prepares candidates for life at the Bar.

One of our most important programme activities involves developing a professional statement to describe the knowledge and skills that all newly-qualified barristers should possess on their first day in practice.

Of course, attracting the best talent from all walks of life is essential to the future health of any profession - and so we are trying to find ways of being more flexible, innovative and creative so we can open opportunities to candidates from the widest range of backgrounds.

From looking at the possibility of reducing the high cost of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) (currently up to £17,500 per year) to the vulnerability of pupils - the programme has certainly opened my eyes to the task we have ahead of us.

That's why we want you to be involved - this is your opportunity to help us shape the future of Bar Training.

Come to one of our Future Bar Training workshops in April on the future of BPTC and pupillage. You will see them advertised shortly on the Get involved section of our website.