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New Practitioners' Programme

New Practitioners need to attend a total of 45 hours of training by the end of their first three years of independent practice (becoming a tenant or commencing a 3rd six or held a practising certificate for less than 3 full calendar years). Nine of these hours must be advocacy and three ethics. 

The Inn's New Practitioners’ Programme (NPP) offers courses both in Advocacy, with a choice of programme for those at the Self-Employed Bar (civil, criminal or family law) or the Employed Bar, and in Ethics. Priority for places is given to members of Middle Temple but where possible, we can accommodate other members - please note this is not guaranteed. There is a cost of £100 for the progamme. (£65 for the advocacy and £35 for the ethics). This programme has 12 hours of advocacy & 4 hours of ethics.

NPP advocacy courses comprise a series of workshops on a Saturday, preceded by a case analysis session about four and a 1/2 weeks before on a weekday evening and some written work (skeleton argument etc).

The dates in 2019/20 will be:​​

  • Saturday 12 October 2019 (Civil, Family & Criminal only). Employed Bar date TBC - it may be held on a weekday in September or October.

  • Saturday 7 March 2020 

  • Saturday 20 June 2020 (Civil, Family & Employed Bar only)

  • Saturday 17 October 2020

The dates for the NPP courses in Ethics in 2019/20 will be:​

  • Sunday 13 October 2019

  • Sunday 8 March 2020

  • Sunday 21 June 2020

  • Sunday 18 October 2020

The criminal course for June 2020 will be held across a series of evenings in May 2020. The dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday 12 May 2020 - 5-7pm - Case Analysis Session

  • Tuesday 19 May 2020 - 5-7pm

  • Thursday 21 May 2020 - 5-7pm

  • Wednesday 27 May 2020 - 5-7pm

The ethics session will be held on Sunday 21 June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this programme is being held remotely.

Registration has now closed for the May/June New Practitioners Programme. Applications for the October course will open mid-end August.  We are unsure yet whether the October course will be held remotely or in person. Information will be published on this page.

If you have any enquiries, please email with the name of the course as the subject.