Tenants are recruited principally from our pupils. We therefore treat pupillage very seriously and apply a rigorous but fair selection procedure.
We offer pupillage for 12 months with an award for the year (currently £30,000). Our new tenant has recently been recruited after successful completion of her pupillage. We have one pupil this year and two due to start in October 2017. We do not intend to offer any 12 month pupillages for the following year (starting in October 2018).
Applications for pupillage are made through the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway.
We are not participating in the current application process (for pupillage commencing in October 2018). We anticipate we will be participating in the next round, when the procedure will be as follows.
Shortlisted candidates are given one piece of written work to prepare and submit prior to interview. A further short piece of work will be set at the interview.
We want pupils with the potential and commitment to become successful practitioners in media and information law at these chambers.
In our recruitment we are committed to implementing and promoting equal opportunities and recruiting irrespective of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, religion or political persuasion. Applicants will be assessed solely on merit.
We welcome applications from both law and non-law graduates. Save in exceptional circumstances, applicants are required to have obtained or be predicted to obtain a degree level qualification at a minimum 2:1 standard. Those with non-law degrees must have achieved or be predicted to achieve at least a Commendation grade in the GDL.
Applicants will be assessed by reference to the following objective criteria:
- Intellectual ability
- Analytical rigour
- Communication and advocacy skills, both written and oral
- Organisational skills and capacity to work independently and under pressure
- Interpersonal skills and capacity to work as part of a team, relating to professional and lay clients and tribunals
- Judgement and integrity
Pupillage at One Brick Court
Each pupil at One Brick Court has a principal supervisor but additionally sits with between 4 and 5 barrister supervisors over the year. You will also do work for other members of Chambers, including silks.
The pupil supervisors will provide a solid grounding in the core areas of Chambers’ main work – defamation, privacy, breach of confidence and other media-related and information law such as reporting restrictions, contempt of court and data protection. There is also the opportunity to experience other areas of law as different supervisors have different specific expertise.
During pupillage you will shadow your supervisors closely, attending conferences and court hearings and reading and working on their ongoing cases. At the start of pupillage pupils will be given close supervision of their written work (including on statements of case, skeleton arguments, advices, first drafts of documents to be prepared by counsel and so on) so that you are equipped to deal with what will be a steep learning curve. As you progress through the 12 months the standard of your work will be expected to improve so that by the end the work is of sufficiently high quality to be comparable with that of a new tenant.
The day to day focus on supervisors’ work means you will also be encouraged to get involved in discussions as to the strategic, commercial and any ethical dimensions of their cases.
Chambers also offers the opportunity during pupillage of one month working in-house at one or more national newspaper or broadcaster. This is unpaid but former pupils have found it an immensely rewarding experience.
Due to the specialist nature of Chambers’ work there is no opportunity for pupils to take their own work in the second six months. Pupils will however be expected to participate in advocacy exercises during the year which are designed to give them experience of being on their feet and enabling Chambers to assess their progress. Pupils are also encouraged to take cases with FRU (the Free Representation Unit).