The aim of the TECBAR TCC Marshalling Scheme is to enable junior barristers who are interested in developing a practice in technology or construction law to spend a week with a TCC Judge during pupillage or in the first few years of tenancy/TCC practice. Applicants must be either TECBAR members or current or future pupils of a TECBAR member.
Marshals spend up to a week in the London or Manchester TCC reading papers in the Judge’s chambers, hearing submissions and evidence from the bench and discussing the matter with the Judge thereafter.
TECBAR has had fantastic feedback from previous marshalling schemes. It provides an invaluable opportunity to discuss cases with the TCC judges and to see advocacy from a judge’s perspective.
Obviously, the situation with Covid means that we will need to be flexible with the marshalling experience in the coming months and we will liaise with the Courts in the run up to any placement as to the extent to which the experience will need to be, or include, a virtual element or any other adjustments.
Places will be allocated in the order in which applications are received, subject to an overriding concern to ensure a reasonable distribution of places across the sets from which applications are received and the eligibility of the applicants (the scheme is not suitable for well-established practitioners).
Please note that the manner in which the Bar Standards Board has approached the Scheme so far has been to refuse to allow marshalling to count towards the first (non practising) six months of pupillage, but to permit it to count towards the second (practising) six months as a period of external training. It is likely therefore that pupils would prefer to participate in the Scheme after they have completed their first six
The intention is that the scheme will run through 2022 and we now have available dates for January to March 2022.
TECBAR members (and current/future pupils of TECBAR members) can apply by visiting the Scheme webpage and filling out the form: https://tecbar.org/events/marshalling/.