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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: In March, Bench Table took the decision to continue to deliver our educational, professional and governance activities online until 31 July. As a result, Trinity Call ceremony on 22 July will now be held remotely, and the celebratory event for those who have been called to the Bar during the pandemic will be postponed to 2022. A full statement can be found below.

Call to the Bar

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There are four Call ceremonies each year; Hilary (March), Trinity (July), Deferred Trinity (October) and Michaelmas (November).

To be considered eligible to be called to the Bar an individual must have successfully completed the following:

  • academic legal training
  • vocational training
  • obtained the requisite number of Qualifying Sessions
  • undergone the necessary fit and proper person checks

Call Dates

Call ceremonies will be held on the following dates in 2021:

Term Date

Trinity Ceremony (Online)

Thursday 22 July (Application Deadline - Friday 2 July)

Deferred Trinity Ceremony

Thursday 14 October (Application Deadline - Friday 24 September)

Michaelmas Ceremony

Thursday 25 November (Application Deadline - Friday 5 November)

Applying for Call

The Inn is now accepting applications from those who wish to be called to the Bar at the following ceremonies:

  • Trinity - Thursday 22 July 2021
  • Deferred Trinity - Thursday 14 October 2021
  • Michaelmas - Thursday 25 November 2021

For further information on on how to submit an application to be called to the Bar, please download the guidelines and application forms below. 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Call Ceremonies

In March 2021, Bench Table (the Inn’s governing body) took the decision to continue to deliver our educational, professional and governance activities online until 31 July. As a result, Trinity Call ceremony on 22 July will now be held remotely, and the celebratory event for those who have been called to the Bar during the pandemic will be postponed to 2022.

One of the key underlying principles behind the decision is that our events and activities should be accessible and open to all. It is felt that by attempting to stage the above mentioned events in person, or in a hybrid nature, would be exclusionary to certain groups, including but not limited to international members unable to travel and individuals yet to be vaccinated.

While the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact on 21 June, there is no guidance at this stage for events that include a large number of people in attendance with significant social interaction, such as our Call ceremonies. The government is running a scientific Events Research Programme to determine how restrictions for events, such as Call, can be lifted but there is currently no scheduled date for the findings to be published. This renders forward planning difficult at this stage.

Currently, both the Deferred Trinity ceremony on 14 October and Michaelmas ceremony on 25 November are due to be held in person. This decision will be kept under review and is subject to change. 

The health, welfare and safety of members, staff and visitors is of upmost importance to the Inn. It is our aim that all of those unable to be called to the Bar in person will be able to celebrate in person with us soon. 

Qualifying Sessions

All students who commence the Bar course on or after the 1 June 2020, and have not attended a Qualifying Session prior to that date, will need to abide by the new requirements stated in the Qualifying Sessions Framework (further information regarding the requirements can be found on the following webpage)

For students who commenced the Bar course prior to 1 June 2020, or students who attended Qualifying Sessions prior 1 June 2020, transitional arrangements will apply to you. Details of the transitional arrangements can be found under paragraph 39 of the Joint Inns' Education and Qualification Rules

The Call to the Bar ceremony itself will still be classified as a Qualifying Session up until 30 June 2021. 

Qualifying Sessions are valid for 5 years and it is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure they have met the requirements and obtained the requisite number of valid Qualifiyng Sessions at the point of Call. 

Criminal Record Checks

The Bar Standards Board requires that all individuals, including Transferring Legal Professionals, being called to the Bar after 1 July 2021 undergo a Standard UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check. Additionally, those who have resided in a country/countries outside of the UK for 12 continuous months or more, or 12
months cumulatively, at any point during the 5 years preceding their application for Call, will need to undergo the equivalent international criminal record check/s.

The criminal record checks form part of the ‘fit and proper person checks’ required prior to Call to the Bar. A detailed overview of the requirement and how to obtain the checks, including a breakdown of associated costs, can be found in the Criminal Record Checks Factsheet, which can be downloaded below.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BSB has introduced a very limited waiver in relation to obtaining criminal records checks for Call. The full policy and application form can be downloaded below.

Also available to download below are the following documents:

  • The Inn's supplementary Privacy Notice regarding background checks
  • The Inn's Policy Statement – Treatment of Ex-offenders 

Call to the Bar Costs

Item Cost

Call Fee

£75.00

Standard UK DBS Check

£23.00

Call Reception Ticket (Callee)

£17.40

Call Reception Ticket (Guest)

£25.65

Structure of Call Night

On the day of the Call ceremony, those being called to the Bar must arrive at Inner Temple Hall at 5pm to register, whilst their guests should head directly to the Temple Church to take their seats. The ceremony begins promptly at 6pm, when the Masters of the Bench process into the Church.

The ceremony is followed by a Champagne reception in the Hall for those who have been called, their guests and the Masters of the Bench. The evening usually ends at 8.30pm.

Dress for Call

Students being called:

You do not need a wig or gown.
Gowns will be provided at registration by the Inn on the day of Call. Wigs are provided by the photographers for the photos only. Wigs are not allowed to be worn during the ceremony.

Dark suit for men and women

  • Women: White wing-collared shirt or a Mandarin Collar Shirt or a Ladies Tunic. You will need to purchase bands separately - all require bands. Alternatively, a Collarette with a top underneath - you do not need to buy bands for this as they are already attached. You can wear any colour top underneath as long as it does not show through the Collarette.
  • Men: White wing-collared shirt or a Tunic Shirt - both require bands

The bands and shirts may be bought from a number of tailors including:

edeandravenscroft.com
ivyandnormanton.com
stanley-ley.co.uk

Please contact the tailors directly for any questions on dress.

Guests

Guests do not have to wear dark colours but smart attire is requested.

As a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and data sharing protocol we have with the BSB, we share member information with the BSB for the stated purposes set out in the MoU data sharing protocol. For more information on how the BSB uses your information, whether obtained from us or otherwise, please read their Privacy Statement.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Loveridge

Call to the Bar and Professional Training Co-ordinator

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Call to the Bar, Advocacy Training, Marshalling Scheme, Lecture Nights, Entertainment after Dining Nights, Education Days

Richard Loveridge

Call to the Bar and Professional Training Co-ordinator

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Call to the Bar, Advocacy Training, Marshalling Scheme, Lecture Nights, Entertainment after Dining Nights, Education Days

Richard Loveridge

Call to the Bar and Professional Training Co-ordinator

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Call to the Bar, Advocacy Training, Marshalling Scheme, Lecture Nights, Entertainment after Dining Nights, Education Days