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Becoming a Pupil Supervisor

Applications for approval as a pupil supervisor must be made to a barrister’s own Inn of Court, under the procedures and eligibility criteria set out in the BSB Handbook under rules rQ48-50.


In order to become a Pupil Supervisor you must:

  • Have a current practising certificate
  • Have practised in the United Kingdom or another Member State for a period for at least six years in the previous eight years; and
  • For the previous two years have regularly practised as a barrister and been entitled to exercise a right of audience before every court in England and Wales in relation to all proceedings

The full eligibility requirements can be found in the BSB Handbook.

If you are a member of the employed Bar, your employer must be an approved training organisation (ATO) if they wish to take on a pupil. This does not prevent you from applying to become a pupil supervisor in your own right but you will not be able to take a pupil in that organisation until it has ATO status.

How to Apply

Those wishing to become a Pupil Supervisor will need to complete and return the Pupil Supervisor Application Form alongside two supporting references (guidance can be found on the application form) to Chris Monckton at Please note that the form needs to be signed and therefore must be scanned if you are sending it electronically. Alternatively, forms can be sent to The Treasury Office, Lincoln’s Inn, London, WC2A 3TL.

All applications are submitted to the Inn’s bench for approval.


To become a Pupil Supervisor, you must also complete a training course. You may train before your application is approved or vice versa but both parts must be completed before you can become approved as a pupil supervisor and take on a pupil. Once you are approved your Inn will notify the Bar Standards Board, and update its own records accordingly.

Dates & Locations

You can train at any of the Inns, or Circuits, who run the same course, but you need to submit your application form to your own Inn.



26 September 2019

Lincoln’s Inn

8 July 2019

Gray’s Inn

2 May 2019

Inner Temple

TBC – February/March 2019

Middle Temple