Drystone Chambers - 12 months - September 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Drystone Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Andrew Campbell Tiech Q.C. & Karim Khalil Q.C.
Address of chambers:
35 Bedford Row
WC1R 4JH
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Criminal Law & Regulatory Law
Practice areas:
Civil; Tax; Consumer law; Extradition; International law; Public law
Specialist services:
Public access work; Mediation; Pro bono
Circuits:
London; South eastern; Western; Midlands
Tenants:
84
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Eight
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Three
Awards available:
Yes
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
7 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
7 September 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
NPG415/18/1500
Description
Drystone Chambers are seeking to recruit up to 3 pupils to commence in September 2020, with an offer of a total award of £20,000 for 12-months.

Why Drystone Chambers?

Our focus is on providing fearless top quality advocacy to our clients. To continue doing so we think it imperative that we invest in our pupils and their professional development.
We offer a challenging but supportive environment designed to develop a pupil into a tenant and a high proportion of our pupils become tenants.

What to expect?

We will allocate you a pupil supervisor in advance of your start date. Throughout your pupillage your pupil supervisor will ensure you receive the support and guidance you need, in addition to members of the pupillage committee who will also support you in pupillage matters or to discuss confidentially any personal matters.

During the first six months of your pupillage you will closely follow your pupillage supervisor, and assist them in research for producing opinions, advices and conferences or seminars. You will accompany them to Court and sit in on client meetings and conferences.

Chambers also runs an in-house training programme aimed at improving both advocacy and research skills.

As a second-six pupil you will be encouraged to appear in Court as often as possible. This is likely to be mainly criminal work but we enjoy a varied caseload, and you will be exposed to more than one area of practise in this period. Typically second-six pupils are in Court every day, so you will soon hone your time management and advocacy skills. You will be exposed to challenging work and a busy case load, which will enable you to develop the skills you need.
If there is an area of practise that you feel more suited to than another, your pupil supervisor will be able to identify and address it in your regular reviews, and where possible put a plan in place to accommodate your wish to spend time in pursuing your chosen area of practise but you will also be expected (as are junior tenants) to assist the clerks in covering work. Chambers is a very large set which covers a wide geographical area and you will be expected to cover work in all of those areas.

Interview Process?

Application forms are marked against the following criteria:
• Interpersonal Skills
• Analytical Skill
• Persuasive communicator (verbal)
• Persuasive communicator (written)
• Integrity
• Commitment

Those scoring 80 out of 100 will be invited for a first round interview. We look for excellence, talent and potential. Whilst academic scores are often a guide to that, they are not determinative and we apply the criteria above rather than any criteria based on academic scores.

Depending upon the number of candidates Chambers may operate more than one round of interviews. Interviews usually involve submitting a piece of written work in advance, an oral advocacy exercise and being asked to choose and discuss a current topic.
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. BC1: 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)
  2. BC2: Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice (200 words)
  3. Identify the principal weakness that you would most wish to overcome and how you would do so. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.