Bar to allow employed pupils…

The Bar Council is planning to change its regulations to allow pupillages in employed practice, The Lawyer can reveal.

The proposals represent a radical change to the way barristers undergo their training, allowing them to go direct into industry without spending time in chambers.

Currently, the number of trainee barrister far outweighs the number of places available in private chambers.

Sir John Collyear, who heads the committee investigating bar training, is also expected to recommend reducing the length of time barristers are required to undergo pupillage.

Under the present regulations six months is the compulsory minimum period, but this is likely to be cut by half.

However, further proposals to take pupillage training out of chambers and into the classroom are believed to have been rejected by Collyear.

The idea, proposed by the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry (Bacfi), has been supported by providers such as Nottingham Trent Law School and the Semple-Piggott Partnership.

Bacfi chair Susan Ward says: “We feel there are not enough pupillage opportunities generally, especially for barristers who would like to work in industry.”