Guildhall Chambers - Crime - 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:
11235/18/1610
Description
Crime Team

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 with the Crime team in Guildhall. The team comprises four silks and 23 juniors and has a deserved nationwide reputation for excellence. Its members appear in courts throughout the Circuit. In their first six months, pupils can expect to see and work on the full range of criminal cases from murder to the more routine. In the second six, pupils will undertake their own cases at the junior end of the team`s caseload, including crown court work. Although a pupil will normally be assigned to a single pupil supervisor, the team (including its clerks) takes a strong collective approach to pupil development, to ensure that pupils are able to gain experience of working alongside as many members of the team as possible.

Pupils' progress is monitored closely by the supervisor, the team head and the head of the Pupillage Committee. 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 Crime team.

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 - Crime) - 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. (100 words)
  2. (GC2 - Crime) - 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. (100 words)
  3. (GC3 - Crime) - Please give reasons why you are interested in practising in Criminal law:- (100 words)
  4. (GC4 - Crime) - Please identify a recent case or development relevant to the field of Criminal law which has interested you and explain why you find it interesting:- (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.