Under Treasurer and Chief Executive
Under Treasurer and Chief Executive
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Inns of Court. It recognises the vital role that the Inns will continue to have in the education, training and qualification of barristers in England and Wales when new Bar qualification rules go live next week.
The MOU sets out the roles and responsibilities of the BSB and the Inns in relation to aspects of the education, training and qualification of barristers in England and Wales prior to them being Called to the Bar. In particular, the MOU is concerned with:
The regulator is also preparing to publish a new edition of the BSB Handbook on 1 April which will see new qualification rules come into force. The new rules, which were approved last month by the Legal Services Board, are designed to ensure that training to become a barrister is more accessible, affordable and flexible whilst maintaining the high standards of entry expected at the Bar.
The Chair of the Bar Standards Board, Baroness Blackstone said:
“The role of the Inns of Court in preparing students for the realities of a career at the Bar is very important, so we are delighted to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding with them. The Inns will continue to have a unique role in the training of barristers in maintaining high standards and building a community of practice. They also play an essential part in encouraging the development of a more diverse profession.”
The President of the Council of the Ins of Court, Desmond Browne QC said:
“The Inns of Court share with the Bar Standards Board their commitment to the education and support of students from all backgrounds as they develop the skills and knowledge necessary to serve the public as members of the Bar. The role of the four Inns is historic, but it has never been more important than it is today in ensuring high professional standards and the preservation of the rule of law. As the Legal Services Board have said, our Memorandum of Understanding with the Bar Standards Board strikes a balance between the BSB’s oversight role and the Inns’ role under the Legal Services Act, and it should be given time to work.”
The Memorandum of Understanding is available here.
Advocacy Training Council (ATC) The ATC was established by the Council of the Inns of Court, and is the body responsible for overseeing standards of advocacy training for the Bar of England and Wales. Its website provides information on all aspects of advocacy training, including the Hampel Method, and access to practical, evidence-based guidance on vulnerable witnesses and defendants through the Advocate's Gateway.
Although the formal study for the Bar has now passed to outside institutions, the involvement of the Inns in education is as important as ever. At student level, the Inn offers training to augment the professional training courses. After Call, it provides training in advocacy and professional ethics to newly called barristers in pupillage and under the New Practitioners’ Programme. A programme of lectures is part of the Continuing Professional Development for practitioners at all levels.
The Inn, two decades into the twenty-first century, is a robust institution which looks to the future and respects its past. The conditions laid out by James I in the 1608 charter (confirmed by Her Majesty the Queen in 2008 with a second charter) – to provide education and accommodation for lawyers – remain at the core of the Inn’s mission, and it strives to serve and support its members at all points in their careers.
Delving into the history and archive of New Inn, one the now dissolved Inns of Chancery that acted as preparatory schools for the Inns of Court.
Introduction to the Bar
The Bar is the specialist profession of barristers, who have been providing expert legal advice and using advocacy skills to represent clients in court since the 13th century. Although some solicitors may now qualify for rights of audience in the Courts of England and Wales, the quality of expertise and advocacy provided by the Bar remains pre-eminent.
Open House London Weekend "Revealing Magna Carta"
19-20 September 2015
This major event, organised jointly by the Inner and Middle Temple, will be a highlight of our 2015
programme of events to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John in 1215; for further details click here.
Juliette Levy (Chair)
Juliette Levy was called in 1992 and practises chancery/commercial and telecommunications law from Cerulean Chambers. She has been a member of the Hall Committee since 2012, was elected Vice-Chair for 2013, 2014 and Chair for 2016 and 2017.
In his 2007 report on Entry to the Bar, Lord Neuberger stated that ‘the Bar can only flourish and retain public confidence if it is a diverse and inclusive profession.’ His report went on to make a series of recommendations which aimed ‘to ensure that, as far as possible, the Bar selects and is seen to select, the best entrants f