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Call to the Bar

All details on 2021 and 2022 Call to the Bar will be added to this page once confirmed. Due to the national Covid restrictions for England, announced on Monday 4 January and updated on Monday 14 June, the Inn is monitoring the situation ahead of future Calls. Updates on individual Calls can be found below. All information will be displayed here when known.

Future Calls: 

The Inn always aims to hold Calls in Person however we continue to follow UK government guidance and act accordingly. Please view the latest information below, and also the information given in the ‘Deadlines’ tab on this page.

July Call 2021 – 21 & 22 July (additional dates may be added)

Registration of Interest for this Call has now closed and we are unable to accept further applications of interest.

Following the government announcement on Monday 14 June on the delay to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in England, unfortunately it will not be possible for us to hold the Call ceremonies in July. Those who registered interest will have been contacted regarding DBS checks by DDC Ltd. If you do not have this email, please check junk folders, and then contact DDC if not received. A Call Declaration must have also been received by the Inn by the deadline set out below to be eligible for Call.

October Call 2021 – 12 & 14 October

Registration of Interest for this Call has now closed and we are unable to accept further applications of interest.

The Inn will await government guidance nearer the Call as to how this Call will take place. Those who registered interest will have been contacted regarding DBS checks by DDC Ltd. If you do not have this email, please check junk folders, and then contact DDC if not received. A Call Declaration must have also been received by the Inn by the deadline set out below to be eligible for Call.

November Call 2021 – 23 & 25 November

The Inn will await government guidance nearer the Call as to how this Call will take place. To register your interest for this Call, please complete this short form no later than June 30 2021: https://fs28.formsite.com/ZwdPlO/xddvqsqcpu/

March Call 2022 -8 & 10 March

The Inn will await government guidance nearer the Call as to how this Call will take place. To register your interest for this Call, please complete this short form no later than June 30 2021: https://fs28.formsite.com/ZwdPlO/xddvqsqcpu/

Celebration of Call

The Inn is looking to host a ‘Celebration of Call’ event for those being Called in Absence due to the pandemic. Understandably, we are yet to be able to confirm dates as to when these might be until further government guidance.

As per the Joint Inns’ Education & Qualification Rules, individual Inns are not obliged to provide ceremonies corresponding to each of these dates.

Call Information:

When student members have successfully completed their Bar Course and their required minimum of qualifying sessions, they may be called to the Bar. The Call Day consists of a formal ceremony followed by a champagne reception.

Every student who is being called to the Bar must attend the reception on their Call Day, receiving their final qualifying session. Any student who does not comply with this requirement may have their call revoked. The only exception to this rule is for those who are being Called in their absence (in absentia).

Call Procedure

To be eligible for Call, the Inn must receive a hardcopy of your Call Declaration, signed in ink. The deadline for this to be received can be found below. The Call Declaration can be downloaded from this page. From July 1st 2021, all members undertaking Call will be required to have a full DBS criminal records check carried out.

Submitting your Declaration to us does not mean that you have priority to a particular Call Day, as places will still be offered on a first come, first served process, as with previous years. Only those who have submitted their Declarations by the dates set out below are eligible to book a Call Day. Please see the ‘Deadlines’ section below.

Call Declarations remain valid for a period of 12 months from date of signing.

Deadlines

Please see below for the deadlines to submit your Call Declaration. If you have not submitted a Call Declaration before a deadline below, you will not be eligible for that Call. The declaration must be signed in pen. It cannot be signed on your behalf or contain a photocopied signature.

Call Period

July 2021

October 2021

November 2021

March 2022

Registration of Interest Deadline

Registration Closed

Registration Closed

30 June 2021

30 June 2021

Declaration Deadline

Friday 18 June 2021

Friday 17 September 2021

Friday 22 October 2021

TBC

Call Day Fee

The Call Day fee is currently £110.

The Call In Absentia fee is £70.

Please note that these fees are reviewed annually and changes to the fee apply from July Call each year.

Eligibility

It may be necessary for some students to be interviewed by a Bencher of the Inn before they are eligible to be called to the Bar. Students who regularly fail to attend booked qualifying sessions without good cause or behave inappropriately during their time as a student member will need to attend an interview to ensure their suitability to be called as a barrister.

Criminal Records Checks

From the Call to the Bar in July 2021, the Bar Standards Board requires that all those applying for Call undergo a Standard UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check. Additionally, those who have resided in a country / countries outside of the UK for 12 months or more, at any point during the 5 years preceding their application for Call, will need to undergo the equivalent international criminal record check/s.

The criminal records check/s form part of the Fit and Proper Person checks required prior to Call to the Bar; further information regarding these checks can be found on the Bar Standards Board website.

The Inns have engaged an experienced external company, Due Diligence Checking Ltd (DDC), to administer the process of obtaining the necessary checks.  We are confident that this will ensure the process is as straightforward and quick as possible for you.

After each Registration of Interest period has closed, the Inn will pass your details onto DDC Ltd to begin the criminal records check process.

The Inns cannot accept DBS certificates which have been obtained for other purposes. The obtaining of the criminal record checks is part of the process whereby the Inn decides if a person is fit and proper to be Called to the Bar. To enable it to do this conclusively the Inn needs to have taken each individual applicant for Call through the whole process. It is for this reason that the Inn is unable to accept DBS certificates which have been obtained by other organisations and it is in addition unable to use the update service which is provided by the DBS.

For full information, please view the Criminal Records Checks for Call to the Bar document.

Information on costs can also be found here.

DBS checks and Original Documents

With regards to documents, yes original documents are required in order for DDC to verify your identity.  Before the pandemic, the Inns had been planning to pay for DDC staff to attend various locations on set dates so that our Call applicants could bring their documents and have the ID check carried out in person.  At the moment that is not possible and so all applicants will have to use the postal option instead (unless you happen to live near Leicestershire and can visit the DDC office in Syston).

DDC will send an envelope with their address on to applicants in UK but they advise this is not prepaid and it is for the applicant themselves to pay for the postage, and when choosing the postage method the applicants should ensure that they are covered for the contents of the envelope.  Once DDC receive the documents they will then contact the applicant to arrange a video call to verify the documents and can then return the documents on the same day that they have been verified.  They return the documents by Royal Mail Tracked delivery which is usually delivered within 48 hours but this is not guaranteed. It is possible for the applicant to arrange a courier to deliver and return their documents instead of Royal Mail- please liaise with DDC about this.  You can email them on contact@ddc.uk.net

Call in Absentia

Call in absentia is only granted to international students or to UK students in very exceptional circumstances. To be called in absentia you must have completed your minimum number of qualifying sessions prior to your call. If you are an international student and believe you may need to be called in absence you should ensure you have completed qualifying sessions before you leave the UK at the end of your Bar Course.  The fee for Call in absentia is £70. Call in absentia is only granted in exceptional circumstances and must be requested by contacting our Registrar, Andrew Smith.

It has come to our attention over the last couple of years that non-European Union (EU) students are having greater difficulty in obtaining visas to come over to complete their qualifying sessions and attend their Call Day. We would, therefore, strongly recommend that if you reside outside of the EU and are likely to return home before call that you complete your qualifying sessions before leaving.

Registration

Call registration is undertaken via the online booking portal and students who have registered interest and who are eligible can start the process once registration opens.

Call Dates

There is more than one ceremony held on different dates for most of the Call Days. You cannot choose which ceremony you attend; it will be allocated by the Inn and is determined by admission date. Please make sure you and any guests you wish to bring are available for all of the dates specified for the term you choose.

BPTC and Bar Course Results

The Inn will receive your results directly from your Bar Course Provider. Those resitting their examinations or taking first sit examinations in August will be able to be called to the Bar in November at the earliest.  Should a student fail any of their exams after registering for call, their application will be withdrawn. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Inn if they wish to be entered for a future call.

Supporting Letters for Visas

If you are an international student and due to be Called, you may be asked for a letter to support your Visa application. If this is the case, please email registry@lincolnsinn.org.uk

FAQs

Is my previous Call Declaration still valid?

If you are unsure, please email the Registrar to check. When emailing, please include your membership number.

I posted my declaration but I haven’t received confirmation

Please allow us ten working days after delivery to confirm it has been received. Registry staff are only at the Inn on a limited basis currently.

Are references required?

References are no longer required for Call.

When is the Celebration of Call event for those Called in Absence during COVID?

We are not yet able to confirm when these will take place due to the UK still undertaking it’s roadmap out of lockdowns.

If I am Called in Absence, can I attend another Call Day in the future?

Unfortunately not. We are only able to Call people once. The Celebration of Call events will be the opportunity for you to attend the Inn with guests and to meet the Treasurer, Benchers and other members of the society.