Name of chambers:
Head of Chambers:
Patrick Harrington QC
Address of chambers:
Farrar's Building, Temple, London
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Personal injury; Employment and industrial relations; Insurance; Commercial; Professional negligence; Health and safety; Inquiries and inquests; Civil; Regulatory; Crime
Public access work; Pro bono; Mediation; Arbitration
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
5 October 2020
12 month pupillage
Farrar's Building is offering two pupillages to start in October 2020.
The funding is £55,000 per pupillage, which will consist of a £27,500 award and a further £27,500 in guaranteed earnings.
Our policy is to look to the long term and recruit pupils who have the potential for a career with Farrar’s Building. We are looking for dedicated people who are ready for the hard work and responsibility of practice to become our next generation. Former pupils have developed first-rate practices with Chambers. One of our present silks, Alan Jeffreys, undertook his pupillage here. Many previous pupils have had distinguished careers with Farrar’s Building before taking judicial appointments on the Circuit and High Court bench.
Farrar's Building is a leading set with particular expertise in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law. In addition members of Chambers specialise in commercial and insurance, professional negligence, health and safety, contract law, disciplinary and regulatory work, and public inquiries. Members of Chambers have appeared in many of the leading cases in these fields and are recommended in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. We have been instructed in many of the landmark PI cases including: Wells v Wells, Heil v Rankin, and Babcock International Limited v National Grid (Fairchild mesothelioma appeals). We also appeared in the Ladbroke Grove, Paddington and Hatfield rail disaster inquiries. Pupils are encouraged to get involved in these types of high profile claims and pupils in the past few years have had the opportunity to work on cases such as Rehill v Rider Holdings Ltd, Ali v Caton & MIB as well as the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry during their pupillage.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate a high level of intellectual ability, with a 2:1 degree or better, advocacy through work experience, debates or moots, ethical awareness and a commitment to pursuing a career at the Bar. We are looking for dedicated people who are ready for the hard work and responsibility of practice, to maintain Chambers as a dominant force. Members of Chambers have many varied outside interests and we welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate interests and pursuits outside of the law.
We offer 12-month pupillages, organised in three four-month periods with pupil supervisors whose practices focus on different areas of specialisation. The pupil supervisor for the 'middle' four months will focus on preparing pupils for taking their own caseload and supporting them when it arrives. We provide pupils with a networked computer providing access to on-line law reports, e-mail and word processing facilities. We fund pupils' attendance at the Bar Conference and circuit advocacy courses.
The £27,500 award will be payable in six equal monthly instalments during the first six months. During the second six months the pupil is guaranteed receipts of at least £27,500. Should receipts from billed work not add up to at least one sixth of this sum in any given month during the second six then Chambers will pay the difference at the end of the month. Any such payments shall be refundable to chambers from monies later received by the pupil in respect of work billed within their pupillage. In the unlikely event that such monies amount to less than £27,500 the difference shall be for the pupil to keep and shall not be refundable. Any amount billed by a pupil during the second six months in excess of £27,500 shall be theirs to keep. Awards and offers are all conditional on passing the BPTC.
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.
- 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)
- 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)
- If you could have invented any one object what would that be and why? Please keep the explanation of why to a maximum of five sentences. (200 words)
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.