Bar moves to fill direct access training gap

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  • Yawn ... in five years time, the number of people in pupillage and tenancy will have fallen by another 30-40%. Terminal decline is the inevitable outcome. Eventually the profession will be too small to be effectively regulated.

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  • What is wrong with the profession fusing. I can think of no other profession, including law overseas where there is a dual profession, which is by its definition duplicitous. The status quo as it exists is inefficient. Besides Solicitors and Barristers work so closely together on litigious matters as a team, it is surely a natural step to progress to. It works in the US, and it will work here. The Bar have nothing t fear, indeed the opposite. The regulatory and economic environment as it exists heralds a new dawn for the profession, and the wider professional economy, and the Bar need to wake up... sharpish!

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  • Given that (i) the annual income of the self-employed Bar is approximately £2bn and (ii) the work that it does will continue to need to be done, I am prepared to wager that the prediction will prove to be well wide of the mark.

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  • The justification for new beefed up direct access training is completely bogus. Many barristers now do not have any solicitor representative with them at court. Dealing with vulnerable clients without anyone to hold our hands has been part of the job for years. Junior barristers are in fact far more likely to be able to deal with this than their more senior counterparts - most have been paralegals and have dealt with clients on their own before coming to the bar.

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