High Court Judge Support Programme

Apply by 16 June for next HCJ support programme for competition due to launch in Nov 2017 – 30 vacancies available.


Circuit selection days

Forthcoming Circuit Selections Days have been extended and are now 20 June-7 July.

We have quite limited availability left for those who might want help preparing.  Just so that you know ………..

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.

Silk assessors

There seems to be a delay for the QCA in collecting assessments as some emails have not got through system firewalls to assessors ………. not sure why this is suddenly a problem this year ….. but the QCA are confident that they can achieve the new tighter timetable.

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.