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

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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.

BVC Introduction

Here is some basic information about the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) that will either help those considering whether the BVC is for them or provide insight for those who have secured a BVC placement.

What is the BVC?
The BVC or Bar Vocational Course is the academic stage of training to become a barrister and can be studied full time for 1 year or part-time for 2 years.

The BVC is currently only provided by 8 institutions in England and Wales and costs currently range between £8,500 and £12,995.

Legal Links

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

OLPAS Deadline Summer 2008

As you can probably guess today was the deadline date for applications for pupillages through the OLPAS system. You will be delighted to know that I submitted my completed form in good time and in my opinion to a high standard. A big thank you to those who offered advice, support and chocolates you know who you are. And congrats to all my competition out there who also submitted their forms :).

FRU Induction Day Announcement! 2008

I received this today and can’t wait to get started.

Date: 29 Apr 2008, 10:18:19 AM
Subject: [FRU] Induction Days Announced

Dear All,

I am writing to inform you that the induction days have been announced as

Employment Induction Day - Saturday 31st May 2008

Social Security Induction Day - Saturday 14th June 2008

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