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Bar Transfer Course

Introduction

Denning Law School offers tutorial guidance for preparing for the Bar Transfer Test at BPP University. The Bar Transfer Test (the “BTT”), is a test provided by BPP University on behalf of the Bar Standard Board (the “BSB”) in the UK. The BTT is a unique test designed for advocates who are licensed to practice in the courts in Pakistan to transfer to the Bar of England and Wales. DLS offers tutorial guidance for the BTT through experienced barristers with professional experience. Students must register directly with BSB and BPP University. Along with providing tutorial guidance, DLS facilitates all prospective students with information and guidance on registering for the BTT at BPP University.

Denning Law School boasts of experienced faculty members, including qualified barristers who have extensive professional experience. The faculty brings their practical experience to the classroom to provide tutorial guidance to prepare the students for the Bar Transfer Test.

In addition to completing the BTT, students need to be a member of one of the Four Inns of Court in the UK to be called to the Bar. Students apply directly to one of the Inns for membership and attend Qualifying Sessions at that particular Inn in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Bar Standards Board.

After attending the tutorial lectures and examination preparation at Denning Law School, students proceed to the UK to sit for the centralized exams conducted by BPP University on behalf of the Bar Standard Board.
We would like to highlight that Denning Law School is not in any manner affiliated or authorized by the Bar Standards Board or BPP University in respect of the BTT – Denning Law School is only assisting students in provision of tutorial guidance in respect of completing the BTT and facilitating students in completing the relevant formalities in respect of seeking exemptions and enrolling in the BPP University in accordance with the guidance provided by the relevant authorities.

Bar Transfer Test

The Bar Standards Board (the “BSB”), is the regulator of barristers in England & Wales and regulates the enrolment and conduct of the barristers.
The BSB has the power to exempt qualified lawyers from the Academic, Vocational and/or Professional stages of training for the Bar of England and Wales, subject to clearance of the BTT.

The BTT consists of centrally assessed modules comprising academic components and vocational components. The BTT consists of written papers and oral assessments. In addition, those candidates sitting the Advocacy assessment are required to attend a compulsory training course at the BPP University, before undertaking the assessment.

Curriculum

The BTT consists of two sections – Part A and Part B:

Part A

(Academic Components)
  1. Public Law (Constitutional, Administrative Law and Human Rights)
  2. Law of the European Union
  3. Criminal Law
  4. Obligations (Contract, Restitution and Tort)
  5. Property/Land Law
  6. Equity and the Law of Trusts
  7. English Legal System

Part B

(Professional Components)
  1. Advocacy;
  2. Civil Litigation and Evidence
  3. Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
  4. Professional Ethics

The BSB has the discretion to grant specific exemptions on some or all the exams of Part A of the curriculum, after assessing the academic background and the prior experience as an advocate in the commonwealth country, i.e. Pakistan.
An applicant who holds a law degree from the UK or a Common Law Jurisdiction, such as Pakistan, may usually not be required to pass the Academic Component sections of the BTT.

DLS will facilitate all prospective students with information and guidance on how to apply to the BSB for seeking exemptions; and paying any relevant fees. As stated earlier, the power to grant exemptions rests solely with the BSB and DLS is not authorized in any way in this regard.

Faculty Profile

Barrister Iftikhar Shah

Barrister Iftikhar Shah

Faculty for Civil Advocacy and Criminal Advocacy

Barrister Iftikhar Ahmed Shah is currently working alongside Mr. Amir Mansoob Qureshi, one of the country’s leading criminal lawyers. Mr. Shah graduated from SZABIST with a first class honours in his LLB (UoL) then moved on to do his Bar from UWE (University of West of England) Bristol, with a VC (very competent). Mr. Shah’s previous experience while doing his Bar coupled with his current status as a practicing advocate enables him to give his students the best possible understanding of the advocate’s advocacy.

Barrister Furqan Siddiqui

Faculty for Professional Ethics

Mr. Siddiqui is an Advocate High Court, practising in Civil and Banking and Finance related Criminal litigation matters. Mr. Siddiqui did his LLB(Hons) from the University of London, BPTC from Northumbria University, LLM in International Business Law from University of Newcastle & was called to the Bar of England and Wales at Lincoln’s Inn. He is been teaching at the Denning Law School since 2019.

Barrister Furqan Sheikh
Abdulqadir Naeem

Abdulqadir Naeem

Faculty for Criminal Litigation, Evidence & Sentencing

Abdulqadir Naeem is one of the founding members of the Denning Law School. Abdulqadir is a renowned teacher with many of his students achieving distinctions and merits every year. His teaching methodology resonates with his students as it involves breaking down complicated legal concepts and explaining them in a manner which the students can relate to, understand and easily apply in their examinations.

Abdulqadir completed his BBA from the Institute of Business Administration (Karachi) and achieved a world distinction (First Class Honors) in his LLB (Hons) Degree from the University of London.

In addition to his academic career, Abdulqadir has been associated with HaidermotaBNR & Co. one of the top corporate law firm in the country, where he was directly involved in matters pertaining to financing (including conventional, Islamic and project financing), mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and general corporate/commercial matters.

Huzaifa Muqadam

Faculty for Civil Litigation & Evidence

Huzaifa Muqadam is a law graduate from the University of London with a world distinction in Law of Equity & Trusts. He has been associated with Denning Law School since its inception in 2014. He has been a renowned and acclaimed teacher with his students consistently outshining in their exams. His students highly respect him and consider him to be extremely approachable in relation to all aspects.

Besides teaching, Huzaifa has worked at Pakistan’s premier corporate law firm, HaidermotaBNR & Co. for more than two years where he was involved in legal matters relating primarily to project financing and public private partnerships. Following his dream to serve the country and bring about a positive change in the public sector, Huzaifa also served as Assistant Director (Legal) in Public Private Partnership Unit to advise the Government of Sindh on its public private partnership initiatives. Huzaifa has spoken in multiple training sessions relating to legal risks involved in public projects which were attended by public officers of various public sector organisations.

Huzaifa Muqadam

Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility Criteria

  • LLB
  • Strong command over written and spoken English
  • License to practice and appear before any of the courts in Pakistan. (Student who will get the license by January 10, 2020 can also apply)

Admission Process at Denning Law School

  • Filling out the online application form below
  • Submission of Application Documents (you will receive an email request for the same);
  • Providing a writing sample (1500 words on a legal topic to be provided)
  • Final Interview

Fee Structure

The fee structure for the BTT course for the academic session 2021-2022 shall be as follows:

Tuition FeesRs. 280,000
Registration ChargesRs. 50,000
Study MaterialRs. 20,000
Total FeeRs. 350, 000

Note: The tuition fees do not include visa, travelling, fees payable to the University, Lincolns Inn and the Bar Standard Board (BSB).

Enrolment at Denning Law School

Upon clearing all the steps of the Admission Process, the aspiring candidates will be given an offer letter. Offer needs to be accepted along with the admission related formalities within the time prescribed in the offer letter.

Online Application Form

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