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The Unspoken Skill

Apart from advocacy, conference, negotiation and the other obvious skill sets taught on the BVC, the most important skill to learn and develop is time and task management.

Without this, the development and deployment of all the other skill sets suffer.

Time and task management skills also transfer into practice, when a barrister will have to manage a number of cases at anyone time whilst still being aware of the main issue's and tasks that require further attention.

Therefore choosing to manage your time is just as important as how you chose to use your time.

Barristers on the BBC

'The Barristers' is a new four-part BBC series that will hit our TV screens this Autumn.

The filming of the series has taken two years and follows the careers and work of a number of students, pupils and barristers.

The overall aim of the series is to give the general public a realistic view of the workings of the modern day Bar as well as the process behind becoming a barrister.

Young Bar Conference 2008

The Young Bar Conference will be held at the Hotel Russell, Russell Square, London on Saturday 4th October 2008.

Talks include: "What Makes A Successful Advocate?", "Developing Your Expertise" and "Planning For Your Future"

Prices: Barristers under 10 years Call: £40, Pupils/BVC Students £30

Places are allocated on a first-come, first serve basis

For Enquiries Contact:
Gillian Dollamore
Secretary, Young Barristers Committee
The General Council of the Bar
289-293 High Holborn
London WC1V 7HZ
Telephone: 020 7242 0082

Inn's Open Day 23rd September 2008

The Inns of Court are holding student opening days for those commencing the Bar Vocational Course at the BPP Law School, the College of Law and City Law School in London in September 2008.

Middle Temple's opening day is on Tuesday 23rd September 20008 starting at 5.00 pm in Middle Temple Hall.

These events count as one of your qualifying sessions and are free of charge. So get a ticket from your Inns Treasury Office either by phone or in person.

Court Dress

The Lord Chief Justice has endorsed Bar Council guidance on court dress. In County Courts, business suits will be worn except during trials and also in the Commercial, Admiralty and Technology Courts.

There will be no changes to court dress in cases before the House of Lords, the Privy Council, and the Court of Appeal.

FRU Training Day Announcements October 2008

This came into my inbox and thought I would pass it on.

Date: 09 Sep 2008, 05:20:15 PM
Subject: [FRU] Training Days Announced


You can now book a place on the following FRU Training days:

Employment - Saturday 4th October 2008
Social Security - Saturday 11th October 2008

If you wish to attend the training day, please also ensure that you are available to attend one of the proceeding test dates.

Tuesday 14th October @ 6.30pm
Wednesday 22nd October @ 4.30pm
Thursday 30th October @ 6.30pm

First FRU Case

Today I received a thank you card from the client of my first Fru case. Although the outcome of my clients case was not a positive one she still took the time to thank me for representing her.

Nothing can take away the disappointment of losing a case, but client recognition and appreciation makes it a slightly less bitter pill to swallow.

FRU Induction Day

The Induction day was held at City University and started at 10:00am. Overall all I found the day really informative. We were given a booklet which contained handouts and materails on Social Security law, how FRU works and the type of things involved in being a FRU rep.

The majority of Social Security cases referred to FRU concerns either disability living allowance(DLA), attendance allowance (AA)or incapacity benefits (ICB). And as a beginner the majorty of my case's will either invilve DLA or ICB.

OLPAS Results

At the beginning of the week I had one pupillage rejection under my belt and by the end of the week I had six.

Impressively one of the chambers took the time to construct and send out a physical rejection letter. The rest came via email through the OLPAS email confirmation system. Some of which were very apologetic and sincere, wishing me future success whilst others where more straight to the point.

My next step is to contact the chambers I have already heard from asking for any specific reasons for being rejected.

Legal Links

Here are a few websites that I've found invaluable through the years.

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