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'Many people don't get pupillage the first time they apply'

Criminal barrister Hannah Evans bucks the public school trend. Educated at a comprehensive to then study law at Oxford, her address at the 'One Bar, one voice' event caused waves among the profession earlier this year as she spoke frankly about the devastating impact the criminal legal aid cuts are having on junior tenants' livelihoods. SJ's Laura Clenshaw talks to Evans about the current state of play

3 September 2014

Encouraging social mobility is top of the Bar's agenda. Is this goal realistic?

It will be difficult to achieve in the current climate. The problem at the publicly-funded Bar is that with work drying up and so little being paid at the junior end, the only people that will be able to maintain practice are those with independent means. In that sense, social mobility will take a huge step backwards and that should concern us all.

Aspiring barristers could be scared off by a reported shortage of pupillage places. What would you say to them?

What I would say in the first place is: are you sure this is the job for you? Don't put yourself through the application process and then pupillage if you're not absolutely committed to a career at the Bar.

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