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5 Paper Buildings - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Chambers of Miranda Moore QC and Julian Christopher QC
Head of Chambers:
Miranda Moore QC and Julian Christopher QC
Address of chambers:
5 Paper Buildings
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Practice areas:
Consumer law; Health and safety; Environment; Professional discipline & regulatory; Media law and defamation; Inquiries and inquests; Regulatory; Fraud; Financial services and regulation; International crime; Professional regulation; Terrorism; White collar crime; Crime
Specialist services:
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
A top criminal set for over a hundred years, 5 Paper Buildings has at all times had some of the most prominent advocates and best minds at the criminal bar. We have 46 members, including 11 QCs, who defend and prosecute at all levels of the criminal courts in England and Wales, principally, but not exclusively, on the South Eastern Circuit, as well as internationally - including recent appearances in courts in Hong Kong, Bermuda and Trinidad and Tobago.

We have a reputation for quality advocacy and a first class friendly service. In 2018, we were one of three sets nominated a Criminal Set of the Year in the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards.

Many members are specialist fraud practitioners and Chambers has expanded into quasi-criminal areas, including consumer and trading standards law, professional disciplinary tribunals, health and safety law, and courts-martials. Members have been involved in several major public inquiries, including Bloody Sunday, Leveson and the Guantanamo Bay litigation.

In recent years, cases of significant note include Libor and Euribor (both prosecuting and defending), the News International phone hacking (defending), Operation Yewtree (prosecuting), Neil Fox (defending) and R -v- PS & JE Ward (securing the first acquittal of a company charged with corporate manslaughter).

Members contribute to academic publications and lecture regularly. Julian Christopher QC is a Contributing Editor to Archbold.

There are two twelve-month pupillages available. In the selection of applicants for interview, a strong academic background is essential (2:1 degree usually a minimum requirement). When interviewing applicants, Chambers is seeking potential future tenants - candidates of exceptional ability who will become outstanding advocates. It is Chambers' policy only to recruit junior tenants from our own pupils. The majority of pupils' court work is in the London area but pupils are expected on occasion to travel further afield. Chambers provides all pupils with regular in-house training and advocacy exercises. Twelve-month pupils receive an award of £20,000, paid throughout the twelve months, plus £12,000 estimated earnings during your second six months at 5PB. In addition, first six-month pupils have all travel expenses outside of the M25 reimbursed. On successful completion of the BPTC, twelve-month pupils may claim up to £1,000 in advance from their award.
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. What was the most effective piece of advocacy you have seen? This could be a piece of advocacy you have seen at court during a mini-pupillage, or a persuasive speech or other piece of public speaking. What was it that you considered made it effective? (200 words)
  4. The Bar is an outdated institution and has no role in modern society”. Discuss. (200 words)
  5. The Bar is not a sufficiently diverse profession” Do you agree? Why does the diversity of the profession matter? (200 words)
  6. If you could change one law, what would it be, and why? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.