Stone Chambers lifts pupillage award to £60k in bid for talent

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  • Yet many other sets in the Inns of Court are unable to take on pupils due to the compulsory funding requirements. An award of £60,000 can pay for 5 competent pupils who are likely to show the same level of commitment and talent. Pupillage Training needs an urgent reform-many are called, but few are chosen!

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  • The reason students can't find pupillages isn't because sets won't/can't pay the minimum (or choose to pay more). It's because there are far too many students wanting to be a barrister. I agree pupillage needs reforming and the £12k minimum is still not much, but criticising a set that can afford to pay pupils like this seems to be missing the point. Anyway, Stone Chambers has only 5 silks - that will limit the number of pupils they can realistically take on.

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  • I presume "bid to lure talent" means "more 1sts from Oxbridge".

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  • It's manifestly unfair if sets are permitted to step up their efforts to attract Oxbridge graduates in possession of first class degrees by offering more money.

    Sets such as these should cast their nets further by offering less money so that individuals from a broader background are encouraged to apply.

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