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5 Essex Court - 12 months - September 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
5 Essex Court
Head of Chambers:
Jason Beer QC
Address of chambers:
5 Essex Court
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Public law; Human rights; Police; Personal injury; Civil; Employment; Actions against the police and public authorities
Specialist services:
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
September 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
5 Essex Court Winner of Legal Cheek's 2018 Best Chambers for Training: 12 month pupillage commencing September 2020.

5 Essex Court specialises in public law, human rights, public inquiries, inquests, employment and personal injury. It is widely acknowledged to be one of the leading sets for inquests and police law.

Chambers’ work is exciting and often high profile with members of all levels involved in the majority of significant cases, public inquiries and inquests involving the police. In the last few years, members of chambers including pupils have been or are involved in public inquiries such as the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Undercover Policing Inquiry and the Leveson Inquiry and appeals including Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [2018] UKSC 4 (duty of care). Recent inquests include those of the Westminster and London Bridge terrorist attacks, Carl Sargeant, Tunisian Shooting, Hillsborough, Deepcut and many others. Junior tenants and pupils appear, alone or led, in a wide range of courts and tribunals, from the Magistrates’ Court to the Supreme Court. Police law also encompasses jury advocacy in civil trials for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

5 Essex Court prides itself on providing pupils with a supportive, friendly and constructive environment in which to learn and begin their practices. Chambers’ commitment to pupils is reflected in the exceptional retention rate and carefully structured pupillage year. Pupils receive in-house advocacy training, funding for all required courses (such as Forensic Accounting) and a talks programme provided by members of chambers which is designed to introduce particular areas of chambers’ practice and to provide more general guidance for a successful life at the Bar.

We seek to make our application process as transparent and fair as possible. All those who are involved in the selection process have undergone training in equality and diversity and fair selection. Each year we publish a report on our pupillage application process for that year, giving details of how we made our selections - see

Please see our website for further details:

Follow us on Twitter: @pupillages and on Instagram: @5essexcourt_pupillages.

No prior knowledge or experience of police law is required.

We operate an equal opportunities selection policy for pupils and tenants and particularly encourage applicants from minority groups and groups who are under represented at the Bar.
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 list all mooting, debating and advocacy experience that you have (we know that this may already be included in your earlier answers, but it is helpful to have it set out in one place). (200 words)
  2. Please could you tell us where you first heard of 5 Essex Court? The answer to this question is purely for our own marketing purposes and is not assessed. (100 words)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.