A GREAT POCKET BOOK TESTIMONIAL FOR THE TRAINEE BARRISTER
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor
This is a great little book: most informative. I did not have something like this when I completed my Pupillage as my training was more in line with of the observations and experiences made by Lord Phillips in his excellent Foreword. It is the modern networkers pocket book and justifiably heavy on detail with a great glossary and splendid sections on funding and resources which are directly relevant for the modern trainee barrister.
There is an impressive list of contributors giving sage pieces of advice throughout and I particularly liked comments on the ridiculous weight placed on the dreadful MCTs which are, to many, one of the hardest parts of the course.
My only constructive observation is the need in a future edition for comments on continuous personal professional development which is the current 'in thing' with so many modern professionals who seem to think this is the future. I am sure any reader will find the opinions in this guide excellent value for the job seeker, and all will know you are only as good as how up-to-date you are with legal reform and the common law reasoning system.
Most of the information is common sense as the student hurdles the various fences of legal training and I would urge all to be realistic about the practice areas you might wish to pursue (they are well covered here).
It has been my experience that whatever your career plan on your individual postage stamp, fate will have surprises in store- this testimonial guide is the best help and I wish I had had it all those years ago.
I would ask Georgina and Alexander to keep this thoroughly revised when it goes into its next edition and please do comment on CPD.