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 £105 for the progamme. (£67.50 for the advocacy and £37.50 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 a few weeks before on a weekday evening and some written work (skeleton argument etc).
The next course date will be 16th (Advocacy) & 17th (Ethics) March 2024 for Family, Civil, Criminal & Employed, with a case analysis session in the weeks prior. Applications for this course are now open.
The remaining 2024 course dates are 29th & 30th June. Applications for these courses will open in December (for the March course), and in 2024 (for the June course).
Please note - all places for the NPP are allocated on the basis of urgency (i.e. proximity to the expiry of the three year window), and not on a first come first served basis. At present, there is a backlog of practitioners due to Covid, so do not be alarmed if you are well within the three year window and are not successful this time.