Guildhall Chambers - Commercial & Employment - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Guildhall Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Anna Vigars QC
Address of chambers:
23 Broad Street
Bristol
BS1 2HG
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Mixed
Practice areas:
Employment and industrial relations; Administrative; Public law; Clinical negligence; Commercial; Costs; Employment; Equality and discrimination; Personal injury; Property and land; Professional regulation; Sports law; Crime; Court of protection; Insolvency and restructuring; Regulatory
Specialist services:
Mediation; Public access work; Alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration)
Circuits:
Western
Tenants:
84
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Six
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
One
Awards available:
Yes
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
7 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
5 October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
11235/18/1609
Description
Commercial & Employment

Guildhall Chambers is one of the UK’s leading barrister sets. We have adopted a specialist team approach and feel that this best meets the needs of our clients and leads to better service provision. Pupillage is, therefore, undertaken within the structure of a specialist team or teams.

This pupillage will be in the Commercial and Employment teams at Guildhall. The Commercial team has 22 members and a national reputation for its expertise in commercial dispute resolution work. The team covers a wide range of commercial work including banking and financial services work, professional negligence, company disputes and technology and construction disputes. Members of the team have undertaken work in the Supreme Court, and regularly appear in the Court of Appeal and in the High Court in London and in the Bristol Business and Property Courts, as well as in County Courts in Wales and the West.

The Employment and Discrimination team has 8 members and a reputation as one of the leading specialist teams outside of London. Members of the team regularly advise and appear in cases in the Employment Tribunal that are complex and frequently involve whistleblowing and unlawful discrimination. The team also has a thriving appellate practice and members frequently appear in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. The team also regularly carries out business protection work in the High Court and County Court.

During their first six months, a pupil can expect to see a range of commercial and employment work with their pupil supervisor and will be encouraged to spend time with members of both the Commercial and Employment Teams so as to experience the full range of work that is available. In the second six, pupils will undertake their own cases at the junior end of the Commercial and Employment team.

Pupils' progress is monitored closely by the supervisor and the head of the Pupillage Committee and feedback is given regularly. Pupils are encouraged to spend time with, and do work for, as wide a number of members of the team as possible in order to gain maximum experience of different styles of work and levels of seniority. Each pupil has, as well as a supervisor, a mentor who is another member of the team to whom he or she can turn in confidence if necessary. It is of great importance to Chambers that each pupil feels properly supported during what can be an exciting but challenging year and we do all that we can to ensure this.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate intellectual ability, excellent communication / advocacy skills, and an ability to work under pressure as well as flexibility of thinking, sound judgement and good interpersonal skills. It is also desirable for candidates to be able to demonstrate an interest in and commitment to specialist practice within the Commercial and Employment teams.

Our selection process aims to be rigorous and fair, and to comply with the Bar Standards Board Pupillage Handbook and the Fair Recruitment Guide. We select pupils on ability and potential alone, without regard to disability, gender, race, age, and sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Financial level of support: £22,500 grant and £15,000 guaranteed earnings. £7500 can be drawn down in the BTPC year.
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. (GC1 - Comm & Empl) - 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. (GC2 - Comm & Empl) - 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. (GC3 - Comm & Empl) - Please give reasons why you are interested in practising in Commercial and Employment law:- (250 words)
  4. (GC4 - Comm & Empl) - Please identify recent cases or developments relevant to the fields of Commercial or Employment law which has interested you and explain why you find it interesting:- (250 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.