Young Bar Toolkit

The Young Bar Toolkit has been written by members of the Bar Council’s Young Barristers’ Committee, with input from solicitors, fellow barristers, pupil supervisors and clerks, and from Bar Council staff. It is designed for barristers, including pupils, in the early years of practice.

The Toolkit features five sections, with relevant sub-sections:

This site is continually being updated and added to. If there are things you would like us to cover in future updates, or if you would like to comment on the material that is here, please let us know at YBC@BarCouncil.org.uk.

Building and managing a practice: the self-employed Bar

This section of the Toolkit looks at many of the practical issues associated with the early years of practice at the Bar. It contains tips on how to conduct yourself, and how to get on in Chambers, as well as regulatory information.

It does not include information on getting pupillage: there are lots of other online resources about this – see the section Pupillage and how to get it. If you would like to see more information on pupillage added to the site, please let us know.

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Financial affairs, accounting and tax for the self-employed Bar

The Bar Council has published a Taxation Handbook entitled ‘Taxation and retirement benefits guidance’. The Handbook, now in its 8th edition, aims to provide “guidance for Barristers and Clerks to support the efficient management of their practices”.

It provides a wealth of detail, with chapters on – amongst other things – income tax, advice to pupils and barristers starting practice, chambers expenses, VAT, self-assessment, and making a will. Access the Handbook here: http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/media/301386/taxation_guidance_8th_edition__for_website_.pdf

This section of the Toolkit touches on some of the key issues we think are relevant to barristers in their early years of practice, based on the experience of YBC members.

The site is being continually updated and added to. If there are things you would like us to cover in future updates, or if you would like to comment on the material that is here, please let us know at YBC@BarCouncil.org.uk.

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Pupillage and how to get it

There are plenty of resources online giving guidance on pupillage, from the formal Pupillage Gateway, to guides like chambers student guides, Simon Myerson QC’s blog on ‘Pupillage and how to get it’ and the tabloid coverage of Legal Cheek.

There are also employed opportunities for pupillage within the Government Legal Service (GLS), which is split between the GLS department you have been allocated, and a set of external barristers’ chambers. Further information about the application process is available here, or contact the GLS directly at glstrainees@tmpw.co.uk.

Prospective pupils should be aware of what the Bar and Inns of Court can do for them. Contact your law school’s careers department and the education department of your Inn for details of pupillage scholarships, the Inns’ matched funding scheme for pupillages and help in preparing application forms and for interviews.

This Toolkit is not about getting pupillage. If you would like us to add more information on this, please let us know.