Barrister completes full firm pupillage

Under the Access to Justice Act, law firms and other businesses were authorised to host full pupillages almost three years ago. The main aim of this was to enable those who were unsuccessful in entering the highly-competitive bar to become barristers through firms. However, virtually no companies or law firms took up the initiative (The Lawyer, 11 June 2001).
Kathryn Hayes completed her full barrister pupillage in December with Hammond Suddards Edge and has just received her practising certificate.
Hayes completed her pupillage under the authority of pupil master Patrick Walker, director of advocacy and an employed barrister. Other solicitors were also involved in her training.
Hayes joined Hammonds from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she was a paralegal in its finance team. She now intends to develop her litigation expertise.
In June last year, Hammonds was the only law firm in England to have begun the full 12-month training programme. Cardiff firm Hugh James Ford Simey is the only one outside England, and GlaxoSmithKline and Sun Life & Provincial Holdings were the only companies to have done so.
The small take-up surprised many barristers. Previously, hoping to become employed barristers had to spend six months in chambers and six months in a firm.