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Mini-Pupils: Implications for your Practice

Purpose: To address issues arising when mini-pupils are taken on
Scope of application: All practising barristers, but concentrating on the self-employed
Issued by: The Ethics Committee
First reviewed: 01/06/2014
Last reviewed: 01/11/2023
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

Mini-pupillages have for several decades been an established part of the Bar’s engagement with those considering, or interested in, a career at the Bar. They perform an important role, not just in enabling those with a possible or actual interest in a career at the Bar to experience practice at first hand, but also as part of the Bar’s efforts to increase equality and diversity within the profession, and to improve the accessibility of a career at the Bar to those from less advantaged groups within society.

Please also see the accompanying Note on Confidentiality and Data Protection Issues with regard to Student Placements.


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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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