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Barristers' Education

Continuing Education Programme 2016/17 - now available here

Post-Call

Post-Call is the section of the Education Department that provides educational services to those that have been called to the bar, namely pupils, new practitioners and established practitioners.  We run a variety of training courses throughout the year and cannot do this without the assistance and commitment of our fabulous tutors.

Post-Call Education Programme

Pupils

All pupils are required to satisfactorily complete an Advocacy Training Course in their first 'six' months of pupillage and a Practice Management course by the end of their second 'six'.  The Inns and circuits provide this training for pupils.  The Inn's training covers pupils in London and the South East.  All South-Eastern Circuit pupils will be advised of the weekend they have been allocated once we receive notification from the Bar Standards Board that your pupillage has been registered with them. Pupils on other circuits should approach their circuit directly.  They will be running similar courses.

New Practitioners

As a New Practitioner you are required to complete 45 hours of accredited continuing professional development including compulsory advocacy and ethics training to be completed within the first 3 years of practice.

The aim of the Advanced Advocacy Training for New Practitioners is to promote and encourage a high level of advocacy amongst practitioners.  This course is specifically devoted to the pursuit of excellence, focussing on advocacy and ethics tuition.  The course builds on the advocacy training you will have received on the compulsory Pupils’ Advocacy course.

All of our tutors are highly experienced barristers and we are happy to promote the fact that the Bar teaches the Bar, which they do on a voluntary basis.  The course is heavily subsidised by Lincoln’s Inn, and therefore only costs each member £125.00 including VAT.  This includes accommodation and food, as well as the training itself. This reflects the fact that the Inn understands that this course is compulsory for everyone and some may be more able to afford training than others.  Due to the large subsidy put forward by the Inn, a penalty fee may be exacted at the Inn’s discretion if practitioners booked onto the course fail to attend any aspect of the course. We therefore ask that if you know you will be unable to attend in advance of the course, please give notice immediately so that another practitioner can take your place. Cancellations within 10 days prior to the course will not be refunded.

Our advocacy training takes place in groups of 6 practitioners.  This small group size enables our tutors to devote time to giving you specific relevant feedback and to monitor  progress throughout the course.  Within this group of 6 advocate trainees, 3 trainees “act” for the claimant/prosecution/applicant and 3 “act” for the defendant/defence/respondent. These roles are closely allied to the Advocacy teaching programme. If you do not attend on the day, the 5 other colleagues in your Group will not be able to carry out the training as successfully. Please do bear this in mind.

Course content:  The course comprises  a case analysis session, advocacy training using the Hampel Method and an Ethics discussion session using the BSB Code of Conduct.  The course is not intended to test you on your knowledge of the law but in the performance skill of advocacy.  You will be familiar with the Hampel method from Bar School and your Pupils’ Advocacy Training. Whilst this method is often seen by New Practitioners as ‘negative criticism’ it has proven an effective  method of reviewing the performance of advocates, by succinctly summing  up the point needing to be addressed in their performance and offering a remedy.  At the same time, by viewing the critiques of others in your group, it provides five additional lessons in this respect  The course operates Delayed Replay as part of the Hampel method. This is an opportunity for tutors to give positive feedback and they are encouraged to do so.

We offer two types of courses.  A residential course and a non-residential course.

 -          Our residential course is a weekend course that takes place in selected conference centres. We run these twice a year, once in the autumn and again in the summer. We feel that these weekends provide an environment conducive to learning, but also that it offers a social space to mix with other practitioners and our tutors in a collegiate and supportive way.  This is worth 16 CPD points.

-          Our non-residential course usually takes place once a year during the spring in London.  It comprises two evenings and a Saturday. This course is offered to those that have commitments that inhibit them from attending a residential weekend . This course is worth 13 CPD points.  

FAQs

Is the course pass or fail?

No, this course is designed to build on your existing advocacy skills, you are not being tested.

What is expected of you before the course?

You are expected to study the course materials with a view to preparing for submissions, the witness handling exercises and scenarios related to the Code of Conduct. You are additionally asked to prepare a skeleton argument or chronology by a specific date before the case analysis session.  

If you would like to attend one of our New Practitioners' Programmes, please complete the booking form via the link below. 

Please note: The May Non-Residential New Practitioners' Course has been heavily oversubscribed and we are therefore not able to accept any further applications.  If you have already submitted a booking request for this course you will be informed if you have been offered a place approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to start. It is still possible to apply for our June Residential and October Residential New Practitioners' Programmes.

Established Practitioners

Continuous Professional Development - a Reminder

As you will know, the Bar Council considers that ‘in order to maintain and enhance the quality of legal services that they offer, barristers need to update and develop and improve their skills’. This belief has led them to develop what they are calling the Established Practitioners’ programme. Following are the dates when people become obligated under the Established Practitioner rules.

Call in or after 1990 – from 2003
Call between 1980 and 1989 – from 2004
Call before 1980 – from 2005

The obligation is to complete 12 hours of CPD each year of which 4 must be accredited by the Bar Council. In terms of administration, Established Practitioners must submit record cards to the Bar Council by 31 January each year for the previous year showing details of the activities they have completed (these cards can be downloaded from the Bar Council website, www.barcouncil.org.uk). The Inns' are now self-registering CPD and we have the ID number 1589 that you will need to input when completing your CPD record card. 

The Inn provides many different opportunities to fulfil these CPD requirements.  These opportunities include; attending the Sir Thomas More and Euro Lectures, acting as a tutor or giving a talk at the Student Residential Weekends and teaching advocacy to pupils and to practitioners of 1-3 years' call at Highgate House and other training venues (see below).

General Help

There is a continuing requirement for individuals to give talks at either educational events in the Inn or at other locations. These talks can also qualify for CPD hours. If you wish to volunteer please contact Faye Appleton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Interim Education Manager).

There is also an ongoing need for established practitioners who are prepared to give something back to the Inn as sponsors or mentors to students.

Advocacy Tutors and Tutor Training

By providing Compulsory Advocacy Training for all Pupils and New Practitioner members, the Inn is responsible for one of the most important elements of a barrister's training.  The standard of such training would be difficult to match if it were provided by those outside the profession, so it is vitally important that the Inn continuously looks to expand its number of Advocacy Tutors and improve the quality of the training provided.

The Inn organises Tutor Training weekends once a year in July at a conference centre outside London called Barnett Hill, situated near Guildford, Surrey.  It is an attractive setting with a  high standard of food and accommodation, factors which contribute to an enjoyable atmosphere during the weekend.

Established practitioners 4 years practice, post pupillage are welcome to train as Advocacy Tutors. Once trained and approved by the trainers, you will be invited to commit to a Pupils’ Advocacy Training course, initially, as a trainee tutor. This course takes place over a weekend from a Friday evening to a Sunday afternoon, at a conference venue in Northampton, called Highgate House. Courses are in November, February and March.  You will be asked to attend a ‘refresher’ before attending.  Advocacy Training for New Practitioners, comprising trainees of 1-3 years’ practice, takes place over similar residential weekends in June and October, as well as a truncated course run in the Inn (which includes a Saturday) in April. 

If you would like to apply for Tutor Training, please contact Chris Monckton, Barristers’ Education Administrator:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pupil Supervisor Training

To apply to become a Pupil Supervisor, you must complete the Application Form (Schedule 1) and Supplementary Information form. On completion, both forms need to be sent to your referees for comment.  Please note that your referees need to fulfil certain criteria. (see Clauses 5 a, b, and c). Your referees must respond on headed notepaper and sign the letter themselves (the letter must be scanned if sent by email). The letter must confirm that the information contained in the application form is accurate.  They should also comment on the nature, scope and content of your practice and your suitability to become a pupil supervisor.

Download application form: Application Form (Schedule 1) & Supplementary Information form

The forms and references then must be submitted to Chris Monckton, Barristers’ Education Administrator, at the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You can also send or deliver hard copy to The Treasury Office, The Hon. Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London, WC2A 3TL. 

All applications are submitted for approval to the Inn’s Admissions Call and Pupillage Committee.  Your application will be presented to next available Committee.  It is helpful if you submit within the deadlines provided (Dates of the ACP and Training Dates).

To become a Pupil Supervisor, you must also complete some training.  You can train at any of the Inns, or Circuits, who run the same course, but you need to submit your application to your own Inn.  Dates for forthcoming training at the various Inns are shown on the Dates of the ACP and Training Dates document. You may train before your application is approved or vice versa but both parts must be completed before you can become approved as a pupil supervisor and take on a pupil.  Once you are approved your Inn will notify the Bar Standards Board, and update its own records accordingly.

If you are a member of the employed bar, your employer must be an approved training organisation (ATO) if they wish to take on a pupil.  This does not prevent you from applying to become a pupil supervisor in your own right but you will not be able to take a pupil in that organisation until it has ATO status.

Please ensure that you sign the form. An original signature needs to be supplied on the form, so if you are returning it electronically, then please scan it;  It is helpful if application forms can be typed, but if this is not possible, please make your answers as legible as possible.