References from practitioners

  1. Three references will be taken in writing.
  2. Candidates will be required to identify 6 practitioners by whom they have been led (or, if applicable, whom they have led) or against whom they have appeared, in cases of substance, complexity or particular difficulty or sensitivity over the last 3 years (or outside that 3 year period if the case is believed by the applicant to be material to the applicant’s suitability for the award).
  3. Candidates will be asked to nominate two practitioners from those listed, numbering them in order of preference. The candidate’s first choice will be asked to give a confidential written reference. If the applicant’s first choice of nominated practitioner is unable to provide a reference, then the applicant’s second choice will be asked to do so instead.
  4. The Selection Panel will select a further two from the 6 identified by the candidate (in addition to the first nominated practitioner) for confidential written references. The selection will be made to provide a range of types of exposure and having regard to the ability of the practitioner to able to address with authority the candidate’s demonstration of the competencies.
  5. To assist their contribution, the practitioners selected will be given information provided by the candidate about the name, month and year of the case(s) in which they appeared, and the brief account given by the candidate of his/her degree of exposure to the referee.

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