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The Circuit undertakes education and training for all members, from pupils through to Silks.

Co-Head of Education & Training

  • We are delighted jointly to inherit the role of Director of Education and Training from Michelle Heeley QC as she steps up to be Leader. The Midland Circuit has always produced great advocates and continues to do so. It is a great privilege to be asked to oversee the education of our pupils and new practitioners. We recognise the challenges that the modern Bar faces and are keen to help equip our junior practitioners to meet those challenges and thrive in practice

Pupils attend a residential course where they are trained by Silks and Circuit Judges in all aspects of advocacy, from Opening speeches and cross examination, to making applications in the High Court. All pupils must pass this course before undertaking their second six. Circuit follows up this training with further courses regarding ethics and practice management.

Circuit then trains New Practitioners, all advocates must attend this residential course within 3 years of completing pupillage. The course is designed to build upon the skills already learned, and ensure that members are developing as advocates. The course offers different training elements, focusing on crime, civil or family, depending on each member’s specialism. As well as offering residential courses the Circuit offers lectures throughout the year, aimed at assisting members in staying up to date with case law developments and sentencing guidelines. There is now a requirement that any barrister wishing to undertake a case involving a vulnerable witness has completed the Vulnerable Witness Training Course. Circuit has offered training for all of its 150 members to ensure they are complying with BSB requirements.

Upcoming Education & Training Events