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Vacancies: Government Legal Department – Bar Council representatives to assist in the Attorney General's London panel selection boards (three positions)

TERM: 1-year term (commencing immediately)

The Bar Council is looking to nominate three Barristers, each to sit on one of the three Selection Boards that will recruit to the Attorney General’s London A, B and C Panels of Junior Counsel in June 2024. These are paper exercises (i.e., no interviews) that will result in recommendations being made to the Attorney General for appointments to her London Panels of advocates.

About the Selection Board Process

There are three Selection Boards, held virtually via MS Teams. Each Board is made up of the Chair, one Bar Council Representative, Senior Government Lawyers and either a former or existing London Panel Counsel member.

About the role of the Bar Council Representative

The Bar Council Representative’s role is to take an overview of the process and to exercise a challenge function at the Selection Board.

The dates of the three Selection Board meetings are Tuesday 11 June, Thursday 13 June and Tuesday 18 June 2024. One Bar Council Representative will be required to attend one of these virtual sessions, from 9am to 5pm. The Bar Council Representative will also attend a pre-briefing meeting with the Chair and receive the application forms and other documents of the selection process to consider, prior to the Selection Board meeting.

The remuneration for the role is £200 per hour.

Knowledge and experience

Applicants for the Bar Representative role should ideally be a KC. The representatives have often been former London Panel members who have taken silk and we would welcome applications from previous civil panel members. However, all applications will be considered.

Applications will be presented to the General Management Committee of the Bar Council who are

responsible for selecting the successful candidate based on merit. The Bar Council is committed to ensuring fairness, transparency, and openness in its recruitment processes. In addition, consideration is given to matters of equality and diversity.

How to apply

Applicants should send a copy of their CV accompanied by a short-written statement stating their suitability for the role, describing their skills and experience that are relevant to the criteria above, to:

[email protected]  Governance and Committees Manager

Full description of the role

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 23 April 2024, 16:00

Successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible.


Subject matter expert - Pupil supervisor training (one position)

TERM: Fixed-term contract for the provision of services (commencing in May 2024)

The Bar Council is looking for a subject matter expert to draft the content for a new on-demand pupil supervisor training course. The successful applicant will work remotely to populate a pre-determined course structure. We estimate that the time required to complete the work will be no more than 40 hours and have allocated six weeks for this phase of the project (commencing in May 2024).

About the role of the subject matter expert

You will use your expertise and knowledge to write the content for our new on-demand pupil supervisor training course and provide feedback on the course during the testing phase of the project.

The remuneration for the role is £300 per hour and you will be expected to invoice the Bar Council for services rendered upon completion of the work.

Knowledge and experience

You should be an experienced pupil supervisor who has delivered training to support barristers in developing an understanding of the current regulatory requirements associated with the education and training of pupil barristers.

Applications from pupil supervisors and education and training or pupillage committee members who:

  • have not previously delivered training but are able to demonstrate a strong understanding of the Bar Qualification Manual, Authorisation Framework, and Professional Statement, and
  • who have experience in teaching or tutoring,

will also be considered.

You do not need any previous experience of writing training materials for on-demand courses, but experience of drafting content for seminars and training is essential. You will be working to a predetermined course structure and our instructional designer will provide you with a framework to follow to ensure that your content can be successfully converted to an on-demand format.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed based on experience and merit. We are committed to ensuring fairness, transparency, and openness in our recruitment processes.

How to apply

You should send a copy of your CV, accompanied by a short-written statement setting your suitability for the role, to:

Caroline Henbery, Head of Training and Events, at [email protected]  

If you are interested in the role and would like to have an informal discussion about it before making your application, please contact Caroline at the address listed above.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 30 April 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual interview with Bar Council staff during the week beginning Monday 6 May 2024 and successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible.