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Pupils and Pensions Auto-Enrolment

Purpose: To draw chambers and barristers' attention to their obligations under the Pensions Act 2008
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Bar Council
Last reviewed: 01/08/2015
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.

The decision in Edmonds v Lawson provides Court of Appeal authority for the assumption that pupil barristers do not work under a contract by which they undertake to do work or perform services personally for their pupil supervisor or for chambers as a whole. As a result, the Bar Council considers that they pupils will not ordinarily be workers for the purposes of Part 1 of the Pensions Act 2008 and do not need to be auto-enrolled.

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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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