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Barristers are legal professionals who provide specialised legal advice. They appear before courts and tribunals on behalf of individuals and organisations, either through written submissions or personal appearances. The work is physically demanding. Barristers must be highly intelligent and fluent in both written and spoken English. They must be capable of thinking and communicating clearly under duress, as well as having stamina and emotional fortitude. Among other things, they must sift through and analyse large amounts of information, apply the law to the facts, and present legal arguments persuasively in court.


The Bar Courses essentially supplanted the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in 2020, as the vocational component of bar training. While course providers may refer to their programmes differently, it is critical to remember that all courses lead to the same end result - completion of the vocational component of bar training. Additionally, bar courses are referred to as:

  • Bar/Barrister Training Course (BTC)

  • Bar Practice Course (BPC)

  • Bar Vocational Course (BVC)

  • Bar Vocational Studies (BVS).


The BSB has authorised a variety of institutions, referred to as Authorised Education and Training Organizations (AETOs), to deliver Bar courses. The Bar Standards Board (BSB) reports that the new qualification requirements make training to be a lawyer more flexible, accessible, and inexpensive than ever before. Additionally, the amendments increase the diversity of talent available to the Bar by allowing students to select between alternative pathways to qualifying.


Unlike the study of substantive law, Civil Litigation is concerned with the procedural side of civil claims, namely breach of contract or a property  dispute. How people actually bring a claim, what steps they must take, how the courts process works, and all the highly specific rules regarding the administration of private law are within this subject.


In studying this module, you will primarily have to get information from both volumes of the civil litigation practitioners books – The White Book (Vol 1 & 2). These contain all the main principles, all the rules, and commentary which discuss judgments and other pieces of law related to all areas of the subject.



The number of Bar students is increasing, and already dwarfs the number of pupillage vacancies available ten fold. Statistically, you have an 8% chance of attaining one. The BSB has made this course harder, specifically the litigation exams. Students need to understand the letter of the law, apply it to large complex fact patterns, then choose between 4 multifaceted but very similar MCQ answers. Students have 12 assessments in total, and have only 7 months from the start of the course to the Civil Litigation exam, this is on top of all the other assessments! 

Civil Litigation tutors can save you from having to scour the White Books for information and confuse yourself. A tutor will have a thorough understanding, and explain all the relevant information to you directly, and coach you on the required exam technique. Your time is valuable, and the Bar course is important, it is better not to gamble with your outcome. Book a session now.

Fortunately, our Civil Litigation book contains all the relevant information a student needs, picked from the White Book, and ordered in an understandable way, so students do not have to bother spending hours trying to decipher pages of fine print scattered throughout two giant books. The book which is being written will be published before next year.



The exam's knowledge-based multiple-choice questions (and application-based short-response questions) will be easier to answer if you use easy-to-understand language. When you open a chapter, you will see that it contains one or more elements of the CPR rules and statutes that may be examined. We have highlighted and underlined what we think is relevant, such as the many aspects that make up the standards that must be met under the Civil Procedure Rule for certain applications.

The book is well-organised and presented, emphasising essential procedural aspects of the process while also providing valuable practical tips. The content is organised and structured in such a manner that it allows a second-year law student/newly admitted practitioner to comprehend the practical consequences of what they have learned in their degree studies and to use that knowledge both during practical legal training and in practice. The chapters themselves are divided into subheadings that closely resemble the syllabus as well as the subject that may be tested. By the time you reach the chapter final, an extra table at the end of each chapter monitors your progress through the syllabus topics, letting you to be totally certain that you have studied everything required to be prepared for the 2022 exam.

One of the final things students will study before becoming a solicitor or barrister is this. Because of all the Civil Procedure Rules, it is a difficult topic. When you start to practice you may have a winning case, but if you do not know the rules of the game, you may lose and be forced to pay a large sum of money in costs. This is the subject of this course handbook.

The Civil Litigation Handbook
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