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New Practitioners

All New Practitioners are required to complete the “New Practitioners’ Programme” within the first three full years of tenancy or employment.

CPD Requirements

Your NPP requirements must be completed within the three year period beginning 1 January after you begin practice either squatting, in tenancy or taking up a position as an employed barrister. Please see the BSB website for more information regarding COVID-19 and extensions to the normal deadline.

You must undertake a minimum of 45 hours of CPD, including at least 9 hours on advocacy and 3 hours on ethics. Our courses fulfil the advocacy and ethics requirements, however the accredited hours vary between the residential and non-residential course.

You must register your tenancy with the Bar Standards Board and inform the Post-Call team by emailing Tasnima Akther.

The Course

The course comprises of:

  • A case analysis session
  • Advocacy training using the Hampel method
  • An ethics discussion using the BSB Code of Conduct

Groups are restricted to six practitioners each, with three representing each side. Delegates are expected to study the course materials with a view to preparing for submissions, the witness handling exercises, and scenarios related to the Code of Conduct. You are additionally asked to prepare a skeleton argument or chronology by a specific date before the case analysis session.

This course is offered in two formats:

Residential Course: The residential course is a weekend course that takes place in selected conference centres. The weekend course not only provides an environment conducive to learning, but also offers a social space to mix with other practitioners and our tutors in a collegiate and supportive way. The weekend course is also most efficient way to complete the course.

Non-Residential Course: The non-residential course takes place over two weekday evenings and a Saturday. This course is offered for those that have other commitments that might prohibit them from attending a residential course.

There is no formal assessment on the New Practitioners’ Programme. The course is designed to build on your existing advocacy skills.

Dates & Locations

You can complete the New Practitioners’ Advocacy and Ethics Course with your own Inn, one of the other Inns, or on Circuit. Please visit the other Inns’ websites for their dates.




May Non-Residential Course


Case Analysis: Wednesday 1 May 2024

Advocacy Day: Non-Residential: Saturday 11 May 2024

Ethics Evening: Tuesday 14 May 2024


Ashworth Centre, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn


June Residential Course

Case Analysis: Wednesday 29 May 2024

Residential: Friday 7 – Sunday 9 June 2024


CIM Moor Hall, Maidenhead.

October Residential Course

Case Analysis: Wednesday 2 October 2024

Residential: Friday 11 – Sunday 13 October 2024


CIM Moor Hall, Maidenhead.

Fees, Cancellations and Non-Attendance

The course is heavily subsidised by the Inn and will cost £192 (incl. VAT) for 2024. The price includes accommodation and food as well as the training itself. Upon confirmation of your place, an invoice will be processed and sent to you. Cancellations less than ten days before the Case Analysis session will not be refunded.

Non-attendance causes a great deal of disruption to the other practitioners in your group. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please give notice immediately so that another practitioner can take your place. Due to the large subsidy provided by the Inn, a penalty fee may be exacted at the Inn’s discretion if practitioners booked onto the course fail to attend.

How to Apply

You will be able to book onto our courses by filling in our online form which can be found here.

Please note that, due to the knock-on effects of the pandemic, there is an extremely high demand for places on our NPP courses. As a result, we are prioritising practitioners by their NPP deadline. Therefore, if your deadline is later than 2024 it is unlikely you will be allocated a place on our 2024 courses.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tasnima Akther, Post-Call Training Coordinator.