Pupil Supervisors

Important changes to the approval of Pupil Supervisors

On 1 April 2019, the BSB Handbook was amended and the new Bar Qualification Rules came into force. The BSB also published their new Bar Qualification Manual. Under the new rules, Authorised Education & Training Organisations (AETOs) are now responsible for appointing suitable pupil supervisors for their pupillages. This means that the Inns are no longer responsible for approving barristers as pupil supervisors.

The new Bar Qualification Manual is available on the Bar Standards Board website. This outlines how AETOs 'register' pupil supervisors, please see Part 2, C2. The BSB no longer prescribes an eligibility criteria but they do set out some suggested areas for AETOs to consider when assessing the suitability of potential supervisors at paragraphs 1.9 and 1.10 in Part 2, C2 of the Manual.

If you are a Gray's Inn member and you require confirmation of your attendance at a Pupil Supervisor Briefing Session, please contact Vicky in Education.


Pupil Supervisors must attend training and refresher training that meet the BSB outcomes. 

Upcoming courses

The four Inns will continue to offer briefings to all Inn members. Please see dates below:

Please note all September courses are fully booked. 

  • 14 May 2022 - Gray's Inn, online course, 9.30 - 1pm 

  • 2 July 2022 - Gray's Inn, online course, 9.30 - 1pm 

  • 29 October 2022 - Gray's Inn, online course, 9.30 - 1pm 

You can also attend a session held on Circuit; please contact your Circuit administrator for session dates and further information. 


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Find out more

  • BSB Handbook

    The BSB Handbook came into effect in January 2014 and includes regulations such as the Code of Conduct and qualification rules (Bar Standards Board).

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  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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  • The COIC Pupillage Matched Funded Scheme

    Helping to provide additional pupillages

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