475 to 354
The variety of pupillage spots plummeted final yr as chambers grappled with the uncertainty led to by the coronavirus pandemic.
New stats printed as a part of the Bar Requirements Board’s (BSB) annual diversity report present that bar coaching spots tumbled from 475 to 354 within the 12 months to December 2020 — a discount of 121 locations. That is “considerably decrease” than the 5 yr common of 473 pupillage positions between 2015 and 2019, the regulator notes.
The information comes simply months after the BSB warned there would likely be a drop in pupillage numbers over the subsequent two years in response to the pandemic. It went on to foretell the most important drop could be in alternatives in areas of regulation most affected by COVID-enforced court docket closures, significantly prison and household.
A variety of main industrial units have since stepped in to provide emergency funding for pupillages which were postponed or cancelled.
The drop in numbers solely provides to the extreme competitors to safe pupillage. Final yr’s recruitment spherical noticed a whopping 2,142 barrister hopefuls submit at the least one software through the Pupillage Gateway.
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