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Becoming a Pupil Supervisor

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 full press release is available here.


The Bar Qualification Manual sets out how pupil supervisors are now registered with the BSB (see Part 2, C2). The BSB no longer prescribes any 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.


Pupil Supervisors must receive training and refresher training that meets outcomes set by the BSB.

In the meantime, the Inns will offer training as planned and the courses already arranged for May, July and September will go ahead.  The dates and locations are below.  Anyone who has already registered for one of these courses should continue to expect a place.   Members of Lincoln’s Inn who have not yet registered for a course should contact Chris Monckton.  Members of the other Inns should contact their own Inn to register.

Training Dates & Locations

You can train at any of the Inns, or Circuits, who run the same course.  For the Inns’ courses please register with your own Inn.



  • Thursday 23rd September 2020 – NOW FULL
  • A course will be held in November 2020 and dates will be advertised shortly.


Lincoln’s Inn

Gray’s Inn

5th July 2021

Inner Temple

Middle Temple