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Doughty Street - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Doughty Street
Head of Chambers:
Geoffrey Robertson QC and Edward Fitzgerald QC
Address of chambers:
53-54 Doughty Street
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Civil Liberties
Practice areas:
Human rights; Criminal appeals; International crime; Extradition; Courts martial; Inquiries and inquests; National security; Protest cases; Prison law and criminal justice; Sports law; Actions against the police and public authorities; Personal injury; Clinical negligence; Community care and health; Education; Equality and discrimination; Freedom of information and data protection; Housing and social welfare; Property and land; Mental health & court of protection; Professional negligence; Regulatory; Corporate governance & policy; International law; Civil liberties; Civil; Employment; Defamation; Media and entertainment; White collar crime; Crime
Specialist services:
Public access work; Pro bono; Mediation
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
5 October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage

Doughty Street Chambers comprise almost 140 barristers supported by 40 staff who all share a fundamental commitment to going “above and beyond” for our clients. Striving for access to justice, professionalism and excellence remains the driving force behind all that we do, coupled with our desire to innovate in the way that we offer services to our clients.

Doughty Street barristers are specialist practitioners, regularly involved in high profile, precedent-setting cases. Although we work across many fields, we are particularly known for our commitment to protecting and furthering human rights and civil liberties. We are noted as leaders in our fields, for our intellectual excellence and for cultivating a collaborative approach between our various practice teams.

We are offering a Housing and Social Welfare specialist pupillage to start in October 2020. This is in addition to the two non-specialist pupillages being offered (for which see separate advert on the Pupillage Gateway). Please note that applicants applying for the specialist pupillage cannot also apply for, and will not be considered for, our non-specialist pupillages.

Doughty Street’s Housing and Social Welfare Team is at the forefront of litigation in social housing. The Chambers UK Bar directory describes the team as possessing “a formidable reputation due to its superior representation of tenants and applicants across the full range of social housing matters”. Many of the Team’s members have complementary practices in community care, Court of Protection and equalities law.

The successful applicant will undergo a year's training with at least two pupil supervisors and will work predominantly with our housing specialists. You will also be exposed to work in community care and other related disciplines. Please see our website for more details.

After successfully completing your year's pupillage, you will be invited to apply for membership of Chambers. The grant paid during the year's pupillage will be £40,000, which will include some element of guaranteed earnings in the second-six practising element of pupillage.
Application Questions

The following questions will form the Pupillage Application Questionnaire section of the application form for this pupillage vacancy. These are included here to allow you to prepare in advance.

  1. Please explain how you have demonstrated motivation, commitment and drive in any aspect of your life. We are particularly interested in activities in relation to civil liberties and the welfare of others, but you should also include significant achievements or experience in unrelated fields (250 words)
  2. What do you consider to be the major threats to the self-employed bar? (150 words)
  3. Why do you wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
  4. Please give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  5. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  6. Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  7. You are applying for a housing and social welfare specialist pupillage. Please explain why you are applying for a pupillage in this field of expertise. We are particularly interested in anything that you have done, or to which you would like to point, that demonstrates your commitment to this area of practice. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.