Category Archives: Young Bar Toolkit

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: Building and managing a practice: The self-employed Bar Financial

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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 –

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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,

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The employed Bar

This section of the Toolkit contains information of specific relevance to the employed Bar. There is masses of information in other sections of the toolkit which may be relevant too, including in particular the sections on work-life balance and continuing professional development. The site is continually updated and added to. If there are things you would like us to cover

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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

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