Name of chambers:
Head of Chambers:
Paul Reed QC and PJ Kirby QC
Address of chambers:
Hardwicke, New Square
Chambers website address:
Commercial dispute resolution; Construction and engineering; Insolvency and restructuring; Insurance and reinsurance; Private client; Professional liability; Clinical negligence; Personal injury
Public access work; Arbitration and mediation; Pro bono; Adjudication
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
7 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
12 month pupillage
Hardwicke specialises in commercial dispute resolution, construction & engineering, insolvency & restructuring, insurance & reinsurance, private client, professional liability as well as clinical negligence & personal injury work. We are a successful, innovative set with a reputation for high quality legal expertise, excellent administration and an approachable, business-focused style. This is consistently recognised in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
Who should apply
We are looking for candidates of the highest calibre with the potential to become successful barristers. Academic achievement forms a significant part of our considerations, but is not the only criterion. We look at three core skill sets that we think are essential in a good barrister: legal, interpersonal and business/client care skills. When selecting pupils, we are looking for applicants who show the potential to excel in all of these areas.
We offer up to two 12-month pupillages each year both with a view to tenancy. Our policy is therefore only to offer pupillage to those candidates whom we consider have the potential to become tenants with us. We look for pupils with exceptional intellectual ability, excellent communication skills and a genuine interest in our areas of work. You will need to be confident and able to work both on your own and with others, demonstrating not only legal, analytical ability but also commercial good sense. We put a great deal of effort into providing you with the support and training necessary to succeed in an extremely competitive environment. From day one you will be part of our team and included in Chambers events and introduced to clients. We have an open door policy and ensure our pupils feel they are able to approach any member of chambers for guidance and advice.
Our 12-month pupillages are split into three periods of four months. During each period, you will be assigned a pupil supervisor and other members of chambers with whom you will work. You will share the daily professional life of your pupil supervisor, producing pleadings and opinions on their cases, attending conferences and receiving regular feedback. Advocacy is a key component of a Hardwicke pupillage. We will provide you with in-house advocacy training, supervised by our members, many of whom are advocacy trainers at the Inns and/or part-time judges. During your second six months, you can expect to find yourself in court two to three days a week.
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.
- WHY DO YOU BELIEVE YOU WILL MAKE A GOOD BARRISTER? (200 words)
- WHY DO YOU WANT TO JOIN HARDWICKE? (200 words)
- RELEVANT VOLUNTARY AND/OR ADVISORY WORK
Please give brief details of your experiences in relevant voluntary and/or advisory work that you believe will help you in your career at the bar. (250 words)
- WHICH AREA(S) OF LAW DO YOU HOPE TO PRACTISE IN AT HARDWICKE AND WHY?
You will not be bound to this choice as we understand that your interests and objectives may change over time. (250 words)
- PLEASE TELL US AN UNUSUAL FACT ABOUT YOURSELF AND EXPLAIN WHY YOU HAVE CHOSEN IT. (150 words)
- IF YOU HAD THE POWER TO CHANGE ONE ASPECT OF ENGLISH LAW OR THE BRITISH LEGAL SYSTEM, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE? (250 words)
- IS JUSTICE FAIR? (250 words)
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.