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Probationary Tenancies: Best Practice Guidelines

Purpose: This guidance note sets out 10 principles which the Bar Council considers should apply to all third six pupillages, and is intended to operate as a checklist for sets of Chambers and third six pupils alike
Status and effect: Please see the important notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

These guidelines are intended to apply to all short term contracts in Chambers for barristers who have completed their pupillage, but are yet to secure tenancies. Included within this category are positions otherwise referred to as third six pupillages, probationary or fixed-term tenancies, or squatting.

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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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