Regulation & Government

Minimum pupillage award for 2022 announced

The rates in 2021 have been £18,960 for 12-month pupillages in London and £16,601 for 12-month pupillages outside of London

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has announced that the rate for the minimum pupillage award that will apply from 1 January 2022 will be £19,144 for 12-month pupillages in London and £17,152 per annum for pupillages outside of the city. 

This follows the BSB’s introduction of new Bar Qualification Rules in 2019 requiring a minimum award to be paid to those undertaking pupillage or any other form of work-based learning. 

The award is set after taking into consideration the Living Wage Foundation’s hourly rate recommendations, which are announced in November each year. 

The rates in 2021 have been £18,960 for 12-month pupillages in London and £16,601 for 12-month pupillages outside of London.

According to the BSB, the annual increase applies from January each year to all pupils, regardless of when they started pupillage, and monthly payments to pupils must be adjusted accordingly.

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