Old Square Chambers - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Old Square Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Mark Sutton QC
Address of chambers:
10-11 Bedford Row
London
WC1R 4BU
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Mixed
Practice areas:
Employment; Personal injury; Clinical negligence; Professional regulation; Inquiries and inquests; Environment; Health and safety; Product liability
Specialist services:
Alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration); Mediation
Circuits:
South eastern; Western
Tenants:
76
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Seven
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Two
Awards available:
Yes
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
Closing date:
7 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
10708/18/1606
Description
The defining quality of Old Square Chambers is excellence. This is the standard we set for ourselves in the delivery of services to our clients, and the criterion by which we assess prospective tenants and pupils. Many of our members hold part-time judicial positions, sit on specialist panels, act as mediators, and edit or contribute to leading practitioner texts.

Our expertise covers eight areas of law: Employment and Discrimination, Professional Regulatory and Discipline, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Travel, Product Liability, Environment, Health and Safety and Public Inquiries. We also have members who specialise in ADR / Mediation within those practice areas.

We are a highly specialised, forward thinking set, committed to expansion. Our objective is to select a small number of pupils with the aim of recruiting our tenants from them.

Chambers operates an Equality and Diversity Policy which fully complies with the Bar Standards Board's requirements. We are committed to ensuring all of our recruitment and selection processes are fair and that protected characteristics are safeguarded.

We are based in Bedford Row and also operate from premises in Bristol. We offer pupillage at both locations.

Our work is balanced between Claimant and Defendant / Respondent, and includes the protection of individual rights. We work on behalf of trade unions, commercial organisations, the NHS and local and central government.

In employment we cover all the relevant areas including: discrimination, collective action, individual rights, restraint of trade and human rights. We also have a thriving practice in the field of professional regulatory and disciplinary work, especially in the healthcare sector.

In personal injury we have an excellent profile spanning all types of litigation. Particular areas of strength include catastrophic injury, disaster and multi-party litigation.

In clinical law we have a number of expert practitioners encompassing all disputes affecting and involving the medical, dental, pharmaceutical and nursing professions.

In product liability and health and safety compliance we engage in civil and criminal litigation of varying complexity as well as public inquiry work.

In environmental law we represent corporate and individual Defendants. Case experience includes prosecutions of major pollution incidents, permit breaches, marine regulation prosecutions, the release of hazardous or noxious substances and the escape of controlled waste.

We also undertake human rights and public law work where it relates to our main fields of practice. Much of our work involves the use of European jurisprudence.

Pupils are offered generous funding and the level indicated may be subject to upwards review for pupils starting October 2020. Pupils will experience a wide variety of court and paperwork. There is also the opportunity to work closely with silks on complex and sometimes high profile cases.


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 wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
  2. BC2 - What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  3. BC3 - Give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  4. BC4 - 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)
  5. BC5 - Please identify any additional experiences / skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.