The reason for the slight sense of mystery pervading this blog recently can now be made clear. I applied to, and have been asked to join, the new Education and Training Committee being run by the Bar Standards Board. It seemed to me that it wasn’t terribly helpful to make that public before the powers that be made their decision – but things are different now.
So, please keep commenting. I am not promising to become a mouthpiece for anyone or any group. But I made it clear in my application and my interview (with competencies!) that I ran this blog and that it represented a way for potential barristers to discuss issues concerned with training. I do promise to ensure that the sense of the comments I get are reflected to the Committee. And, if I can swing it, I also promise to clue you in on what is being thought about and discussed. That may not be entirely possible and I believe in group action on confidentiality and matters akin to it. But I will do what I can.
Also, if you have not already done so – please vote in the poll.
The only fly in the ointment was missing the first meeting (last night). This is due to the fact that the DX failed to deliver the notice of my appointment until at least the 24th July, notwithstanding that the letter was dated the 17th July. So I didn’t know about it because I wasn’t in Chambers on Wednesday or Thursday. I am confident we will overcome the preliminary teething problem. Email is better…
Have a good weekend. I look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible.
Simon (please see post below)