The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has announced the new minimum award for pupil barristers.
The new award will apply from 1 September 2019 will be £18,436 per year for pupillages in London and £15,728 outside the capital.
Previously, the minimum a chambers could pay its pupils was £12,000, a figure which had been static since 2011. but last May the BSB announced that awards would be aligned to the recommendations of the Living Wage Foundation.
Going forward, the minimum award will be increased every year, with the next increase due to take place on 1 January 2020. Increases will be announced the previous November, following publication of the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended hourly rate for the year ahead.
A BSB spokesperson said: “Linking the minimum amount that pupil barristers must be paid to the Living Wage Foundation’s recommendations is just one of the changes we are making to make Bar training more accessible, affordable and flexible whilst maintaining high standards. Two thirds of Chambers already ensure that their pupils receive more than the minimum award we are setting, but we will keep the impact under careful review particularly in relation to the number of pupillages available.”