4 Stone Buildings - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
4 Stone Buildings
Head of Chambers:
George Bompas QC
Address of chambers:
4 Stone Buildings
Lincolns Inn
London
WC2A 3XT
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Commercial Chancery
Practice areas:
Administrative; Public law; Banking and financial services; Company; Energy; Finance; Fraud; Civil; Insolvency and restructuring; Arbitration; Litigation; Telecommunications; Trusts
Specialist services:
Alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration); Public access work; Clips
Circuits:
N/A
Tenants:
37
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Five
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Two
Awards available:
Yes
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
7 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
NPG005/18/1545
Description
4 Stone Buildings specialises in company/commercial litigation and advice. However, since few business disputes or problems lend themselves to rigid categorisation, we cover a wide range of related legal specialisations in our core areas of expertise. Members of Chambers are just as likely to appear in the Commercial Court as in the Chancery Division, and we are also frequently instructed in cases overseas, particularly in the Caribbean and the Far East. Apart from our commercial clientele, we also have a strong regulatory tradition in the commercial and financial sectors. The principal legal directories have consistently ranked us as one of the top civil sets at the Bar in our core areas of expertise. In October 2018, two of our members won individual awards from Chambers & Partners (Banking Silk of the Year and Commercial Litigation Junior of the Year).

We have both the work and accommodation for new members. Our policy is to have up to two pupils each year (with pupillage awards for twelve months of £65,000) and to recruit those pupils who meet the required standard. Showing this commitment to expanding by recruitment from the bottom of Chambers, we have taken on five new tenants from among our pupils in the last three years.

During pupillage at 4 Stone Buildings, we aim to give pupils the knowledge, skills and practical experience they need for a successful career at the Bar and to help make the transition from academic life to practical, real life at the Bar. We believe that it is important for all pupils to see as much as possible of the different kinds of work in Chambers. This enables pupils to judge whether our work suits them, and enables different members of Chambers to assess the pupils. Each pupil therefore normally spends time with four pupil supervisors during the year. All pupils work in their pupil supervisor's room, read their papers, attend their conferences, draft pleadings and documents, write draft opinions and accompany their pupil supervisor to Court. However, if other members of Chambers have particularly interesting cases in Court, pupils will be encouraged to work and attend Court with them.

We believe that pupils are in Chambers to learn rather than to be tested and should be given the best opportunity to demonstrate to us that they should be retained as tenants.

We are a friendly set and pupils are very much treated as part of Chambers during their time with us. They are fully involved in the activities of Chambers and are invited to all social events.

What we look for in a pupillage applicant: Candidates are expected to have first class or good second class degrees (but not necessarily in law). However, mere intellectual ability is only part of it: a successful candidate must have the confidence and ambition to succeed, the common sense to recognise the practical advice a client really needs, and an ability to get on well with clients, solicitors and other members of Chambers and the clerks.

Pupillage applications from eligible candidates cannot be fairly processed without our seeing relevant references. It would assist us greatly if you could arrange for your referees to write to us at the same time as submitting your application.

Additional details about 4 Stone Buildings and about pupillage can be found in our Pupillage Guide under the pupillage tab at www.4stonebuildings.com.
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. Please give an example of a situation, whether in a legal context or otherwise, in which you had to advocate for a position. In your answer, explain the circumstances, how you approached the argument and what you gained from the experience. (250 words)
  4. Please describe a case that you have found of particular interest, identifying the key features of the case and what you found interesting about it. (250 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.