25 Bedford Row - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
25 Bedford Row
Head of Chambers:
Paul Mendelle QC & George Carter-Stephenson QC & Jeremy Dein QC
Address of chambers:
25 Bedford Row, London
WC1R 4HD
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Criminal
Practice areas:
Environment; Fraud; Human rights; Inquiries and inquests; International crime; Prison law and criminal justice; Regulatory; Terrorism; White collar crime; Crime
Specialist services:
N/A
Circuits:
South eastern
Tenants:
71
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Three
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Three
Awards available:
No
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
7 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
pg001/18/1526
Description
In selecting our pupils, we have a four stage process. Firstly, all written Pupillage Gateway applications will be reviewed by a panel of tenants. They will be looking for applications which demonstrate a commitment to criminal law, a sound academic background and appropriate voluntary and/or paid work experience. Those who are short listed for interview will be invited for a 10-15 minute initial interview with a small panel of tenants. The purpose of the interview is to determine the applicant’s ability to present an argument, respond to intervention and their social skills. Successful applicants at this stage will be invited for a second interview which will involve an advocacy exercise. Details of the exercise will be given on arrival and all candidates will receive appropriate preparation time. The exercise will be followed by a more formal interview and the panel will be looking for candidates who display a passion and flair for advocacy and who are persuasive in their argument. Finally, the shortlist of candidates will be invited to chambers to see how we work and to ask questions of junior tenants and working pupils in a more informal environment.

First interviews are likely to take place between 5.30pm and 7.30pm during the week beginning 18 March 2019. Second interviews are likely to take place between 9am and 3pm on 6 April 2019. We will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments outside of these times, but please check your availability before applying. All interviews will take place at 25 Bedford Row. If you have any particular requirements in terms of disability access, please advise us on your application, so we can make appropriate adjustments.

Funding
Our funding continues to be one of the more competitive amounts. All twelve month pupils will receive a £15,000 grant for the non-practising six months of pupillage and guaranteed receipts of at least £15,000 during their second six months. Our pupils are normally in court once or twice a day and chambers has a reputation for having sufficient work to keep pupils busy. In addition, chambers pays for the continuing education courses which a pupil is required to undertake during pupillage and also provides assistance with travel. Travel outside London is funded by Chambers.
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. In light of the increase in knife crime and knife related killings; should stop & search powers be increased? (300 words)
  2. Following the "me too" movement; should the burden of proof of allegations of sexual offences shift to the defendant? (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.