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The changing tide at the bar – as featured in Lawyer 2B

I thought that I would share with you a piece that I penned for the Lawyer 2B this week, entitled ‘The changing tide at the bar‘.   The article reflects upon the recent comments made by chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority Charles Plant, suggesting that solicitors and barristers should share training and that an individual should be able to transfer between the two professions more easily.

An interesting idea which could enable a more strategic approach for the profession as a whole, but inevitably this move could be perceived as being very controversial. However, in my candid opinion, if there is to be a future for the Bar, then there must be a demonstrable prospect of success for the entrant, with the backing of all the professional bodies to ensure ongoing support in the provision of an unhindered pathway to practise within the profession.  Equally there needs to be a realistic opportunity of work right from the outset to ensure that those in practise are able to maintain a passage of advocacy be it at the employed or self-employed Bar.  To view the article for Lawyer 2B click here.

Turning to news of updates to ‘The Pupillage Blog’.  I have now included the ‘Daily Pupillage Blog News’ (#DPBNews) within the main body of the blog.  DPBNews brings the latest hand-picked legal news and features from some of the best Twitter feeds across the legal community.  So please bookmark this page to ensure that you are kept updated with key legal developments.

As always

Stephen AKA Justin Time

Pupillage, Autumn and the Annual Bar Council Conference

Autumn leaves fall in Pupillageville…

As the autumn arrives with a renewed vigour, it is time to finally turn my attention back to the notations of my quill upon ‘The Pupillage Blog’, which as ever will have regular updates across Twitter and a more focused approach to life both at the Bar and events within the profession on the Blog.

I will be posting a more varied number of differing legal blogs over the course of the coming months, which will also include a feature from the substantive feedback from those readers who kindly participated in providing their thoughts and experiences of new Pupillage Portal system, ‘The Pupillage Gateway’.

On a more practical note, I will be regularly updating the front page of ‘The Pupillage Blog’ with links and information which will support those who are seeking pupillage, along with those who are already engaged at the Bar. You will note that there are now links to the new BSB Handbook, which will be coming into force in January 2014, a very much recommended if not compulsory read for anyone within the profession.

Wednesday 2nd October, saw the Guardian Newspaper host a live online Q & A entitled, ‘How to make a legal qualification pay off’.  In light of so much change at the Bar, it was a very positive if not poignant move for @GdnLaw to focus upon an this topical hot potato of discussion with equally engaging commentary from an invited panel which included addressing alternative legal career options.  If you missed the Q & A, then I would certainly recommend catching up with the online feedback and commentary.

Finally, with the Bar Council Annual Bar Conference nearly upon us, it will be very interesting to see the mood, take and feedback of the attendees, especially in view of the increasingly competitive legal landscape, tendering and sizeable fee cuts, coupled with the rigours of access to justice.  From a personal view point, I really hope this event which takes place on Saturday 2nd November will be well attended, as this will give all attendees a great opportunity to participate, network and provide the much needed input upon a struggling Bar.

As always

Stephen AKA Justin Time

Current Pupillage Opportunities 2013

New Pupillage Blog Page – Non-OLPAS Pupillage Opportunities for 2013…

After much deliberation, I have decided to create a new page for ‘The Pupillage Blog’ entitled ‘Current Pupillage Opportunities 2013‘,  which will now provide up-to-date Non-OLPAS pupillage opportunities. The list of prospective pupillages will include the following information: The chambers, application deadline, the pupillage award, number of pupils sought and the areas of practice. In addition, links will go directly to the pupillage application and areas of practice so you will be able to view all the necessary details of each pupillage opportunity.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that this list is accurate, I cannot take any responsibility for any errors and I highly recommend that you visit the respective pupillage via the link to the specific set of chambers. As always, my mission is to provide the much needed support for those seeking pupillage so as to furnish you with as many sets  offering  relevant opportunities, so please feel free to make contact with me should you find any problems with any of the pupillages listed.

As always

Stephen AKA Justin Time

Happy New Year As Thoughts Turn To The Future Of The Bar

Happy New Year & Best Wishes From Pupillageville…

May I first start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2013 from Pupillageville.

After a somewhat mixed 2012, I am hoping that 2013 will provide a much needed tonic to redress the highs and lows of the judicial forum. I am mindful that no doubt we will all see an ongoing change within our profession as the Government makes continued cuts to the Legal Aid system, but it is important that we stand resolute and address these changes together so as to dissipate and dispel those around us who may perceive that this could bring about the destruction of the Bar.

As we go forward into 2013, I hope that those acting for the best interests of the Bar are mindful that further possible options should not rule out working with our fellow legal colleagues from the Law Society and that combining forces, controversial as this may sound, could prove to be the much needed remedy.

Sadly, given my ongoing discussions across both sides of the legal divide, there is common ground in the belief that it is financially impossible to conduct criminal legal aid work at a sustainable level, especially in growing view of the position over competitive tendering.  Ultimately, one must be mindful and not lose sight of the fact that that general public depend on our honed skill set and the compelling ability to foster the demonstrable advocacy skills at the Bar.

So let us all put a very positive step forward and as the last of the New Year champagne corks and poppers fall to the floor with streamers abound, I raise a glass to you all and wish you a very happy and prosperous 2013!

As always

Stephen AKA Justin Time

Merry Christmas From Pupillageville

Merry Christmas From Pupillageville

Merry Christmas One And All From Pupillageville….

I would like to start off by wishing all the readers of the Pupillage Blog a very Merry Christmas!  After what has been a very long year, the traditional turkey and Christmas pudding have at last made their seasonal appearance and it is really wonderful to sit back and relax and enjoy the festive season with the family at this Christmas time.

With Christmas crackers all abound and the festive stockings hanging by the warm fire place, I raise a glass of mulled wine and wish you all a very merry Christmas from Pupillageville.  Merry Christmas.

As always,

Stephen  AKA  Justin Time