Pupil barristers’ minimum pay to increase in 2020

updated on 22 November 2019

The minimum award for pupil barristers is set to increase from 1 January 2020, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has announced.

From 1 January, the minimum award will be £18,866 a year for pupillages in London and £16,322 a year for pupillages outside London (up from the 2019 minimum of £18,436 in London and £15,728 outside London).

The minimum pupillage award was first introduced in September 2019 after being announced in 2018. It will increase annually in line with the hourly wage recommendations of the Living Wage Foundation.

Oliver Hanmer, director of regulatory operations at the BSB said: “This increase to the minimum pupillage award reaffirms the BSB’s commitment to ensuring that training for the Bar is more accessible, affordable and flexible while sustaining high standards.”