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Baker & Partners First Jersey Practice Approved to Offer a Yearly Pupillage

July 2016

Baker & Partners, a specialist litigation and dispute resolution practice based in Jersey, has been approved on-going by the Bar Standards Board to offer a pupillage each year.

A pupillage is the final, practical stage of training to become a barrister. Baker & Partners is the first offshore practice to offer a pupillage leading to a practising certificate as an English Barrister, with their first pupillage successfully completed by the firm’s Advocate Charlie Sorensen. With their on-going approval from the Bar Standards Board, Baker & Partners will be able to offer a pupillage each year going forward, with the next one to be offered in 2017.

Baker & Partners’ pupillage will be provided in conjunction with XXIV Old Buildings, a commercial chancery chambers in Lincoln’s Inn. Baker & Partners will provide the first six months of training in Jersey, with the firm’s partners Stephen BakerSimon Thomas and William Redgrave acting as pupil supervisors. The second six months will be spent at XXIV Old Buildings, under the supervision of leading practitioners.

On successful completion of the course, the pupil will be eligible to apply for a full practising certificate as an English Barrister.

Advocate Charlie Sorensen commented:

“Pupillage was challenging, rewarding and enjoyable in equal measure. I was fortunate to be supervised by Stephen Baker in Jersey followed by Edward Knight and Lyndsey de Mestre at XXIV Old Buildings – all of whom dedicated substantial time and effort to my development. When I moved to Jersey in 2011 it became my goal to hold practising certificates as both an English Barrister and a Jersey Advocate; the Baker & Partners pupillage program enabled me to realise this ambition and receive invaluable guidance from leading practitioners.”   

Senior Partner Stephen Baker commented:

“Our focus with the pupillages is to prepare the next generation of offshore litigators who are also qualified and practising English Barristers. Through enabling barristers in their last stages of training to gain experience of both the courts of Jersey and the courts of England, we open up the path to offshore practice to many talented lawyers. I’m delighted that Baker & Partners can offer this opportunity.”

Steven Thompson, QC, XXIV Old Buildings commented:

“We are delighted to be working alongside Baker & Partners to offer this innovative pupillage, which will provide substantial opportunities to lawyers looking to ensure they are best prepared to appear before the Jersey courts. By integrating both onshore and offshore in their final stage of training, barristers will gain a unique perspective and invaluable experience, which will form a strong basis for their legal career.”

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