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As a direct access immigration barrister practising in London it is with no small sense of satisfaction that I have not only been approved by the BSB as a pupil supervisor but that chambers has taken on its first pupil.

I have long believed that those who are established owe a duty to support the junior end of the bar. I recall the difficulties in obtaining pupillage and that it was one of the hardest and most depressing times of my career. I had done well at University, mooting and was President of the Student Law society yet it was not a cake walk.

Yet I have heard that many chambers have cut the numbers of pupils and that while the BSB is considering a review of the pupil structure that at present pupillage remains a dream for many.

It was this in end that we decided to recruit for this year and for the next year. There is a financial cost but it has to be been borne in mind as against the cost to society as a whole if the bar were to whither away.

The standard of applicants was very high and we were able to make a choice for the 2016 – 2017 period yet for the 2017 period we still have a place open though.

It is very rewarding to see the pupil grow and learn new skills. It is all the more remarkable as when I set up this site and the direct access wok I had no idea that a pupil would be recruited let alone that 2017 also looks to be another growth year.

Paul Turner is a highly regarded direct access immigration barrister and is the head of Imperium Chambers, Grays Inn Buildings, Grays Inn, WC1r 5ET, he also practises from Goldsmith Chambers, the chambers of Anthony Metzer QC and a door tenant at 39 Park Square Leeds LS1 2NU and is licensed by the Bar Council to litigate and to provide advice and representation directly to the public.