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Education and training

ACADEMIC STAGE

- complete A-levels

- Bar Standards Board-approved law degree (OR another degree -> must complete one year GDL)

  Law degree and GDL involves compulsory/foundation topics: legal research, obligations, public and criminal law. There are also option modules; ie consumer law.

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Education and training

MEMBERSHIP OF INN OF COURT

Must join either: Inner Temple, Middle Temple, Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn.

Student must undertake 12 qualifying sessions, dinings, or residential training during their BPTC.

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Education and training

VOACTIONAL STAGE

Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

Develops skills; preparing for a career at the Bar.

Practically based: advocacy, role-playing, case preparation, drafting documents, writing opinions, interpersonal skills.

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Education and training

ADMISSION TO BAR

Completion of BPTC = eligible to be 'Called to the Bar'

Graduation ceremony; held on one of the four 'Nights' a year

Officially titled barrister

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Education and training

PRACTICAL STAGE

Pupillage- one year- pupil to a qualified barrister (Pupil Supervisor)

  First six- non-practising, shadowing, completing paperwork

  Second six - practising, undertake supervised work of their own

NOW IS A PRACTISING BARRISTER

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Organisation

Controlled- General Council of the Bar

Regulated by Bar Standards Board

Must be a member of an Inn of Court

Usually self emplyed, work in chambers -> Practice Administrator manage work coming in and fees

Usually on instruction from solicitor.

DIRECT ACCESS for civil cases, straight to barrister

Cab-rank rule - must take work, first come first served (not applicable in direct access cases)

After 10 years - able to applyto become a silk

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Complaints Procedure

NO CONTRACT BETWEEN CLIENT AND BARRISTER - CANNOT SUE FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT

Unsatisfied client

1) In-House Complaints Procedure

2.) Office for Legal Complaints ( Legal Services Act 2007)

All complaints referred to Legal Ombudsman.

Power to

- ask barrister to apologise, give back any documents, put things right, refund, compensation up to £30,000

BSB discipline if breach of conduct and it's a serious matter, referred to Disciplinary Tribunal of the Council of the Inns of Court 

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Work

Advocacy

Legal research

Case conferences, advising clients on law

Writing opinions for their clients

Negotiating settlements with other side

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