Knock-on results of pandemic possible felt by college students looking for coaching spots over subsequent two years, in line with new BSB influence report

The bar regulator has warned there’ll possible be a drop in pupillage numbers over the subsequent two years in response to the worldwide pandemic.

In what gained’t come as a shock to lots of our readers, the Bar Requirements Board (BSB) anticipates there may be more likely to be an influence on the variety of pupillage spots up for grabs in 2020 to 2022, as chambers modify to the financial disruption ensuing from COVID-19.

Once more, unsurprisingly, the report predicts the most important influence will probably be on pupillages which might be in areas of regulation most affected by court docket closures, notably felony and household.

Securing a coveted pupillage spot isn’t any imply feat, even with out a international pandemic to deal with. This yr’s recruitment spherical noticed 2,142 folks submit not less than one utility through the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway. There have been simply 206 pupillage spots up for grabs.

The BSB report goes on to flag numerous “potential dangers”, together with whether or not the bar will stay a horny profession prospect to college students, the persevering with viability of the vary of vocational bar coaching programs on provide, and the influence on the efforts to enhance range on the bar. The regulator does, nonetheless, “stress that these dangers haven’t materialised to date”.

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The report, launched this week, relies on the BSB’s engagement with 157 chambers, 133 of which presently have pupils.

BSB director of regulatory operations, Oliver Hanmer, stated:

“Whereas we’re happy that chambers and different organisations demonstrated a laudable dedication to sustaining pupillages, we’re very aware that many face continued monetary stress because of the penalties of the well being emergency. We’re doing our greatest to encourage and facilitate chambers to help as many pupillages as attainable.”

The report follows research published by the Bar Council in April that steered a 3rd of chambers have been contemplating ditching their recruitment plans in response to the pandemic.