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Brick Court Chambers - 12 Months - September 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Brick Court Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC
Address of chambers:
7-8 Essex Street
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Commercial; European Law; Competition; Public Law; Human Rights
Specialist services:
Mediation; Arbitration
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
September 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Brick Court Chambers has long been a leading commercial set of Chambers. We also have particular expertise in EU/competition law and in the fields of public law and human rights law. There are 90 tenants including 43 QCs. In all our practice areas members of Chambers are regularly involved in the leading cases of the day – notable examples include SAAMCO, Lowick Rose LLP v Swynson Ltd, Berezovsky v Abramovich, Bank Charges, Sainsbury's v MasterCard, Jackson v Attorney General, Constantin Medien AG v Bernard Ecclestone & Others, Belhaj v Straw, VTB v Nutritek, Rainy Sky, R (on the application of Gina Miller and Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Isle of Wight Council v Platt and the Tobacco litigation.

We regard it as important to provide a broad training to our pupils. Some will wish to develop a commercial practice based primarily in the Commercial Court involving banking, reinsurance and international sale of goods, or a wider range of commercial work involving professional negligence, company law, private and public international law, takeovers and mergers, media and entertainment or sports law. Others will prefer to specialise in the EU or competition fields or in public law and human rights. An increasing number of our tenants have practices which traverse more than one of these fields. However, in 2020 the best advocates need to have a broad range of experience across Chambers’ practice areas so too much specialisation at the pupillage stage is discouraged.

We take considerable care in relation to the training we provide to our pupils. For example, advocacy exercises under the supervision of senior members of Chambers are an integral part of pupillage at Brick Court. Further information about pupillage can be found on our website

All twelve month pupillages carry an award of at least £65,000 with £45,000 payable for the first six months and £20,000 payable for the second six months. Up to £25,000 of the award may be drawn down during the year prior to pupillage (subject to Chambers’ approval). Chambers also pays for all compulsory courses during pupillage, and for all pupils to accompany their pupil supervisor to a hearing before the European Courts if the opportunity arises. We also provide pupils with a laptop for use during pupillage.

Brick Court Chambers is fully committed to equality of opportunity. We assess candidates for pupillage and tenancy on merit alone and without regard to race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex or marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs or age. We offer a generous parental leave policy. Chambers consider it important that family and professional life should be compatible, and we have an excellent track record of both male and female tenants remaining with us throughout their working life. We are particularly proud of the fact that all female tenants with children have continued in practice at Brick Court. Chambers' equality and diversity policies can be found on our website together with information about some of the social responsibility initiatives we support.

Application details - see website for full details of the application process and what to expect in pupillage.

Candidates are generally expected to demonstrate outstanding intellectual ability: although not necessarily in law.

Mini-pupillages are an important part of our pupillage selection procedures. We do not expect to select pupils merely on interview, nor do we expect you to make your choice on such a limited basis. We encourage candidates to apply for a mini-pupillage towards the end of the penultimate year of a qualifying law degree or once they have commenced the GDL if studying law as a postgraduate. THE MINI-PUPILLAGE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THOSE INTENDING TO APPLY FOR PUPILLAGE VIA PUPILLAGE GATEWAY FOR PUPILLAGES COMMENCING 2021 IS 31 JANUARY 2020. CANDIDATES ARE NOT, HOWEVER, REQUIRED TO HAVE COMPLETED AN ASSESSED MINI-PUPILLAGE BY THAT DATE. Applications should be made using the online form which can be found on the pupillage page of our website. On occasion we also consider applications for pupillage from established practitioners. As a general rule we would expect those who have less than 7 years’ experience to undertake a full 12 month pupillage (even if the BSB has granted a dispensation from the full pupillage term) and to apply through the Pupillage Gateway. Please see our website for further details.

Student visits are not available and sponsored students are not accepted.

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. Please provide an example of an occasion on which you tried to change someone's mind about something. Please briefly explain the situation, what you did/said, and the result that it had. (200 words)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.