The Pupils' Helpline gives confidential advice and support to members of the Bar who are currently undertaking their pupillage. The Helpline puts them in touch with an experienced and independent barrister who can help with problems encountered during pupillage.
In many cases, pupils will be able to obtain appropriate advice and support from their pupil supervisor and/or chambers. The Inns' Education and Training Departments can often also help. However, there will be occasions when pupils may prefer to discuss their concern with a member of the Bar who is unconnected with their chambers.
For this reason, the Bar Council's Training for the Bar Committee has established a panel of advisers to offer pupils a confidential and objective advice service. All of the advisers are barristers of at least five years' call who have received training from the Bar Council. Contact can be made, anonymously if wished, by email or telephone.
The Bar Council will put pupils who wish to discuss a problem in confidence in contact with an appropriate adviser. Please contact Dominique Smith on 020 7092 6802 or by email at DSmith@BarCouncil.org.uk, or Onyeka Onyekwelu on 020 7611 1323 or by email at OOnyekwelu@BarCouncil.org.uk.