Gray's Inn

Pupil Supervisors

If you wish to become a pupil supervisor, you must be approved by the Inn and meet the eligibility requirements set out in Section B5 of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) Handbook.

Eligibility

To become a pupil supervisor you must:

  • have been in practice for at least 6 of the previous 8 years
  • have your practice as your primary occupation
  • have been entitled to exercise a right of audience as a barrister during the 2 years immediately preceding the date of your application

The above is a summary of eligibility only; the full requirements are set out in the BSB Handbook.

Applying

The process of approval consists of four stages:

  1. Submission of:
    1. an Application Form (Form A x 1)
    2. two Reference Forms (Form B x 2) sent directly to the Inn by your referees
    3. a copy of your current practising certificate 
  2. Attendance at a Pupil Supervisor Briefing Session
  3. A professional conduct check with the BSB
  4. Confirmation from the Inn of your approval

The minimum time required to process any application for pupil supervisor approval is 4-6 weeks.

You can find full details regarding the application process on the application form (Form A) itself. From 1 January 2014 applications received using the previous forms (discontinued September 2013) cannot be accepted.

Please use the form below should you have any enquiries regarding becoming approved as a pupil supervisor.

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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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  • Matched Pupillage Scheme
  • CPD