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Education & Training

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

Co-Heads of Education & Training

We are delighted jointly to inherit the role of Director of Education and Training from Michelle Heeley KC 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 and Training




Ethics Training

6:00 - 8:00

What is covered?
The necessary ethics component of NPP training

Who should attend?
Barristers who have taken tenancy within the last 3 years

Thursday 14th December 2023
18:00 - 20:00


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Pupil Advocacy Training 2024


What is covered?
The course provides all necessary training to comply with the Bar Council’s Minimum Advocacy Training Requirements. The Hample method is applied, and attendees are taught and tested in each of the following competencies: Examination-in-Chief, Cross-Examination, Oral Submissions and Written Advocacy/Skeleton Arguments.

Who should attend?
All first six pupils on Circuit unless you have arranged or received the required training from your Inn.

Friday 22nd (dinner and discussions only), Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March 2024

£300 (usually covered by Chambers)
Accommodation and meals included, together with an address from a Judicial guest of honour.

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