Blackstone Chambers - 12 Months - September 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Blackstone Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC
Address of chambers:
Blackstone House, Temple, London
EC4Y 9BW
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Civil
Practice areas:
Commercial; European law; Competition; Civil; Employment; International law; Public law; Human rights
Specialist services:
N/A
Circuits:
N/A
Tenants:
108
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
10
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Four
Awards available:
Yes
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
7 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
September 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
10682/18/1550
Description
Chambers occupies modern premises and offers a friendly and supportive environment in which to undertake pupillage. The range of work undertaken is wide ranging, including:

Commercial: financial/business law, international trade, banking, regulatory, insurance, media and entertainment, sport, intellectual property and professional negligence. Also conflicts of laws and jurisdiction/cross border issues.

Employment: all aspects (including discrimination) are covered by the extensive employment law practices of members of chambers.

Public law: incorporates all areas of administrative law and judicial review, acting both for and against central and local government agencies and other regulatory authorities and including commercial judicial review, together with a very broad range of human rights issues.

European & Competition law: forms an integral part of the specialist practices of individual barristers and includes the full range of EU specialisms both in the UK and the EU courts. A strong competition law specialism offers insight into regulatory enforcement and private damages actions in the UK, together with regular appearances before the European Commission and the EU Courts.


PUPILLAGE AT BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS

Pupils attend an induction week. Thereafter pupils see the varied practices of members of Chambers including commercial, employment, European and public law/human rights through pupillage. Blackstone Chambers offers up to four 12 month pupillage. Pupils have four supervisors during pupillage and because pupils are exposed to such a wide range of legal areas, the 12 month pupillage is non-practising. Pupils are provided with comprehensive advocacy training throughout pupillage to ensure advocacy experience.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated high intellectual ability and will usually have at least a 2.1 honours degree, although not necessarily in law. Individual awards of £65,000 are available. The pupillage committee has discretion to consider applications of up to £18,500 of the pupillage award to be advanced during the BPTC year.

A new tenant can expect a busy and wide-ranging practice with opportunities to specialise later.


APPLICATIONS

This is for applications for pupillage to commence in September 2020.

Applicants who have completed mini-pupillages with Blackstone Chambers may be called to pupillage interviews to be held in late April 2019, after which pupillage offers will be 7th May 2019.

No pupillage will be offered at Blackstone Chambers unless the applicant has undertaken an assessed mini-pupillage. We shall be interviewing applicants for mini-pupillages up to early April 2019, provided that the application has been made before the application deadlines.

All applications for pupillage through the Pupillage Gateway will also be treated as assessed mini-pupillage applications. However, if an assessed mini pupillage has already been undertaken with Blackstone Chambers, it is unlikely we will require you to take another in the same academic year.

Since we insist on an assessed mini-pupillage as part of the overall pupillage applications procedure, we offer financial assistance either in respect of out of pocket travelling or accommodation expenses incurred in attending the mini-pupillage, up to a maximum of £250 per mini-pupil.

Any queries about applications or mini-pupillages should be sent to pupillage@blackstonechambers.com. Further information is also available on our website – www.blackstonechambers.com

**PLEASE NOTE** Our referencing process for 2018/19 is as follows: We now require applicants to contact their referees directly and forward at least 2 academic references direct to Pupillage@Blackstonechambers.com at the time of making your Pupillage Gateway application to us, or as soon as possible after submitting your application.  Please note that references are vital and it is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure that they are sent directly to Chambers when you apply. We will not ourselves seek or chase up references if they are missing and this could seriously delay or forestall your application if the references are not supplied to us.  You may supply more references if you wish.
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 (if not already specified) subjects, grades and breakdown of level/grade of undergraduate and post graduate degrees undertaken if at all possible (500 words)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. Is there any other information which you wish to bring to Blackstone Chambers' attention in connection with your application? Please give details. (250 words)
  5. Do you intend to practise in England and Wales? (Y/N) (100 words)
  6. Please provide contact details for a further academic reference if you wish. (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.