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2 Harcourt Buildings - 12 months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
2 Harcourt Buildings
Head of Chambers:
James Dawes QC and Paul Cavin QC
Address of chambers:
1st Floor, 2 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage

Two Harcourt Buildings is one of the country’s leading specialist criminal chambers. With forty barristers, including three Queen’s Counsel, we have a strong tradition of producing advocates of the highest quality and members of the judiciary. Chambers prosecutes and defends in the most serious, complex and demanding criminal cases. We offer a friendly and relaxed environment in which to complete pupillage.

Areas of work:
Members of chambers have particular expertise in the following areas:
• Murder and other homicide
• Terrorism
• Serious fraud
• Corruption
• Police operations against organised crime and drug trafficking
• Rape
• Child abuse
• Non-accidental head injuries in infants ("shaken baby syndrome")
Members of chambers prosecute and defend daily in the London Crown Courts and regularly appear before the Court of Appeal and in judicial review proceedings in the High Court. We also have a strong presence on the South Eastern and Western Circuits.
We are very well represented at all levels on the following specialist prosecution panels, established to ensure that cases are dealt with by counsel of appropriate expertise and experience:
• Crown Prosecution Service (Fraud Group panel; Serious Crime Group panel; Proceeds of Crime Group panel; Rape and Serious Sexual Offences panel)
• Serious Fraud Office list

Members of chambers are instructed by a wide range of solicitors' firms acting for both privately funded and legally aided clients. We are also regularly instructed by local authorities and other agencies, including TFL. We also welcome instructions from private individuals via the Direct Access scheme.

In addition to the field of criminal law, members of chambers have significant experience in the following practice areas:
• Regulatory and Disciplinary work, including Police, Nursing and Midwifery Council and General Dental Council disciplinary tribunals;
• Courts-Martial;
• Licencing.

Who should apply:

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities and aim to recruit articulate and confidant candidates, regardless of their background, who can demonstrate drive and determination and who are committed to a future at the Criminal Bar. We look for applicants who can balance intellectual excellence (we normally expect a 2:1 degree or higher unless extenuating circumstances apply) with common sense and pragmatism. We take the recruitment of pupils very seriously and every pupil is selected on the basis that they are a potential tenant- in the past eight years thirteen of our pupils were taken on and quickly developed excellent practices in chambers.

Pupillage programme:

Pupils are assigned to one pupil supervisor for each six month period. During the first six non-practising months pupils attend court with their supervisor on a daily basis, and complete written work and research as directed. Effort is taken to ensure that the pupil has contact with, and the opportunity to work for, tenants of all levels of seniority within Chambers. During the second six months pupils conduct cases in court alone and can expect to develop their own busy practice. In-house advocacy training is provided during pupillage, along with regular written assessments by the pupillage supervisor and feedback from instructing solicitors.

We offer an award and guaranteed earnings totalling £21,600.
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)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.