Category Archives: Bar

Recorder competition

A “NEW” Recorder competition is due to launch on 19 June:

  • 150 vacancies
  • Crime, civil and family vacancies
  • Process: multi choice test – online scenario – selection day with interview and role play

Watch this space for further details.



Potential changes to the Silk process – HAVE YOUR SAY

The QCA are currently reviewing 2 elements of the QCA silk process:

  • should you list ALL substantive cases for the 2-3 year period and ALL assessors to avoid “cherry picking”
  • wider character and integrity reviews

The deadline for comments is 31 July 2018 and changes may then be introduced for the 2019 competition.

Response contact details available from the QCA website – linked here.  Scroll down to “Potential Changes” section on Home page.


Training courses with the Bar Council

Developing your Career at the Bar

Next course in the series of  Developing your Career courses we are running with the Bar Council is aimed at women barristers and is being held on Sat 25 Nov 2017 in London.

The course on Sat 3 Feb 2018 is aimed at junior barristers – register or express interest direct with Bar Council for further courses from link above. 

Developing your Mentoring skills

Very pleased to be running some further Developing your Mentoring skills training with the Bar Council in London on Tues 31 Oct 2017 in London 5.30-7.30pm.  Plans are also afoot for a course in the north east to follow this year. 

Click link above for further details and info on how to book.

Career development at the Bar

First of a series of  Career Development training courses with the Bar Council is aimed at women barristers and is being help on Sat 20 May in London.

Further courses to follow – register or express interest direct with Bar Council for courses from link above.  Or maybe you’d like us to run the course in-house for you in chambers?

Let us know.

Mentoring Skills Training

Very pleased to be running some further Mentoring Skills Training courses with the Bar Council – venues in London, Manchester and Sheffield.  Click link above for further details and info on how to book.

Competition updates

Quick update on current competitions:

  • Deadline for silk has just passed ….. we saw over 60 candidates – will confirm actual number who applied in the end, once the dust has settled
  • 13 April at 1pm is (new extended) deadline for 2 x competencies and Statement of Suitability for Circuit
  • Track 2 HCJ selection days have started now and run until 12 April
  • Track 1 selection days for HCJ have just been confirmed (4 April), with selection days from 27 April
  • DHCJ results due end of April, beginning of May
  • The filtering job for Recorder is getting harder and harder the more this “jinxed” competition progresses.  Next stage is submission of competencies and then a Telephone Assessment – the number of candidates who will need to be filtered out at this stage is likely to be huge, so I expect the Tel Ass will need to incorporate some wider filter opportunities and will surely take a lot longer than planned (4-23 May) or need a huge number of panels to run, to deal with the 2,400-ish candidates?  All will be revealed soon by the JAC I’m sure ……….
  • DJ Mags deadline is 4 April
  • Lord Chief Justice deadline is 27 April ……..
  • Chief Bankruptcy Registrar competition delayed until 11 April

It’s a busy old time – and, as ever, if you need any help or guidance with any of these, just get in touch ……

Or maybe you’d like us to come and do a Judicial or Silk Taster?

Hear from you soon!

Mentoring Training

Looking forward to working with the Bar Council to provide Mentoring Skills Training – pilot course on 6 March.  For further details and how to book, click here.