Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA)

ICCA is currently working with the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) to produce an introductory guide on the use of statistical evidence in courts and tribunals for young advocates.

The guide will include examples from family, civil, criminal and medical cases.

ICCA are therefore looking for a number of young practitioners across these different practice areas to review the guide.

Please note, you will not be expected to check the content of the guide, but to advise ICCA and provide comments on the accessibility, tone and level of the guide. The guide is 60 pages long and is likely to take a couple of hours to review.

If this would be of interest to you, please contact YBC@BarCouncil.org.uk for further information. Or Beth Philips (ICCA Operations Manager) directly via email on bphillips@icca.ac.uk to out yourself forward as a volunteer reviewer.

CV Clinic – Pupillage Fair 2017

21 October

Time: 10:00 – 15:00

Venue: University of Law, Moorgate

The Bar Council requires the assistance of young barristers for this year’s CV Clinic at the Pupillage Fair 2017.

As a result of the success of this session last year, the Pupillage application, CV and interview clinic will run from 10:00-15:00. This session will operate on an hourly basis, and you are free to volunteer to assist for an hour or longer, if your schedule permits. 

Young barristers are all the more aware of the competitive nature of access to the profession. To make it to the Bar, young barristers know you must be resilient, able to withstand objective criticism and identify areas for improvement. it is for this reason that the Bar Council are seeking volunteers to advise students at this session. One-to-one drop-in sessions with students will last no longer than ten minutes. Your role is to provide impartial and tailored advice on the student’s pupillage application and/ or CV. There is also the option for students to spend their time practising and improving their interview technique, so please be prepared for that.

If interested, please contact Ben Burns via email on BBurns@Barcouncil.org.uk or telephone on 020 7611 1430.

Korean Exchange Programme

The Bar Council is currently organising the outgoing leg of the Korean Exchange Programme, now in it’s sixth year.

This is an excellent opportunity for young barristers (between 2-10 years’ practice) to develop their international practice in an important legal market. The Exchange includes an induction programme delivered by the Korean Bar Association, a placement in one of the leading law firms in Seoul, and networking opportunities with local lawyers. 

The Bar Council are calling for expressions of interest from young barristers who would be interested in heading to Seoul for two weeks in Spring 2018.

Please contact Jessica Crofts-Lawrence or on 0207 611 1357 for further information and to register your interest.

Donate to the Bar Pro Bono Unit

We are now in the Authorisation to Practice (AtP) period and you have the opportunity to donate £30 to the Unit.

In 2016 over 50% of the Bar donated to the Unit. This optional donation was only introduced four years ago and it is testament to the Bar’s commitment to pro bono work that over half of all Members make this contribution. This simple and convenient donation option results in a significant portion of our funding.

The £30 initiative has meant that over four years the Unit has facilitated the Bar to:

  • provide advice and or representation on 3,849 pieces of work;
  • help 1,521 people;
  • set up four major duty schemes: Rolls Building, Central London Family Court, Central London Employment Tribunal and Court of Appeal; and
  • collaborate with multiple front line agencies to support litigants in person.

It has also meant that internally the Unit could:

  • hire two new caseworkers;
  • implement a comprehensive database to support better working;
  • upgrade its IT hardware;
  • streamline processes; and
  • begin to digitise its services.

To continue this work in 2017, we ask that you please remember the Unit when you renew your practising certificate. If your chambers renews on your behalf, please let them know that you wish to donate to the Unit.

Government Legal Service (GLS) – Qualified Lawyers Opportunities

GLS qualified lawyer positions are open to barristers, who meet professional qualifications criteria. If you are a barrister, you must have successfully completed pupillage or have been exempted from this by the Bar Council. If you qualified outside England and Wales, you will be required to complete the Bar Transfer Test.

The level of entry into the GLS is dependent on your level of experience and the role on offer. You will be provided with salary and grade information as part of the vacancy application pack. The GLS Competency Framework sets out the skills applicants will be expected to demonstrate throughout the recruitment process. The GLS is an equal opportunities employer. For further information about the organisations within the GLS, and the work of their legal teams, please click here.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) – EU Opportunities

UK and Brussels based team working to increase the number of British nationals in the EU institutions and to promote the range of EU career opportunities available. If you are interested in being kept informed of the latest opportunities, please sign up to the international organisations database: https://www.gov.uk/register-jobs-international-organisations. For more information on what a job in the EU institutions offers, how to get an EU related job (including in the EU institutions, European Fast Stream and UK Representation to the EU), and where to apply, click here. You can also follow the Foreign and Commonwealth Office team on Twitter at @ukintjobs, for the latest EU and international job opportunities. If you are UK civil servant interested in a secondment to one of the EU institutions, you’ll find the latest opportunities on the Civil Service jobs site, under European Opportunities (you must be logged in to view the vacancies).