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Doughty Street Chambers - 12 months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Doughty Street
Head of Chambers:
Geoffrey Robertson QC and Edward Fitzgerald QC
Address of chambers:
53-54 Doughty Street
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Civil Liberties
Practice areas:
Human Rights; Criminal Appeals; International Crime; Extradition; Courts Martial; Inquiries and Inquests; National Security; Protest cases; Prison Law and Criminal Justice; Sports law; Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities; Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence; Community Care and Health; Education; Equality and Discrimination; Freedom of Information and Data Protection; Housing and Social Welfare; Property and Land; Mental Health & Court of Protection; Professional Negligence; Regulatory; Corporate Governance & Policy; International Law; Civil Liberties; Civil; Employment; Defamation; Media and Entertainment; White Collar Crime; Crime
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono; Mediation
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
4 October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage

Doughty Street Chambers is recognised as being home to some of the very best lawyers practising at the Bar of England and Wales. Our casework involves clients, cases and courtrooms all over the world. We now comprise over 130 barristers supported by 40 staff who all share a fundamental commitment to going “above and beyond” for our clients. Our members are noted as leaders in their fields, for their intellectual excellence and for cultivating a collaborative approach between our various practice teams. Many of our members undertake work in a variety of areas of law. Striving for access to justice, professionalism and excellence remains the driving force behind all that we do, coupled with our desire to innovate in the way that we offer services to our clients.

Doughty Street barristers are specialist practitioners at all levels of seniority in civil and criminal work, offering advice and representation before all the courts of England and Wales and the rest of the UK, as well as in Europe and other jurisdictions worldwide. Members are regularly involved in high profile, precedent-setting cases. Although we work across many fields, we are particularly known for our commitment to protecting and furthering human rights and civil liberties.

The Chambers UK Bar directory describes our members as "very dynamic barristers who are at the cutting edge of the law. Amongst their number lie some of the most recognisable silks in the market, as well as juniors who impress instructing solicitors with the quality of work they do and how much experience they have”.
Areas of practice include:

Actions against the police and public authorities; administrative and public law; clinical negligence and personal injury; community care and health; corporate governance and policy; education law; employment law and industrial relations; equality and discrimination; freedom of information and data protection; housing and social welfare; asylum and personal immigration; business and commercial immigration; inquests and public inquiries; public and private international law; land and property; media law and defamation; mental health and Court of Protection; national security; prison law and criminal justice; product liability and group actions; professional discipline and regulation; solicitors' negligence and professional liability; sports law; criminal appeals; courts martial; extradition; homicide and related grave offences; international crime; protest cases; regulatory and financial crime; terrorism.

We are offering two general pupillages to start in October 2021, in addition to a crime specialist pupillage (for which please see the separate advert on the Pupillage Gateway).

Please note that applicants applying for the general pupillage cannot also apply for, and will not be considered for, our specialist pupillage.

Each successful applicant will undergo a year's training with three pupil supervisors and will have the opportunity to work with experts in a range of civil and criminal practice areas.

After successfully completing your year's pupillage, you will be invited to apply for membership of Chambers.

The grant paid during the year's pupillage will be £40,000, which will include some element of guaranteed earnings in the second-six practising element of pupillage.
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 explain how you have demonstrated motivation, commitment and drive in any aspect of your life. We are particularly interested in activities in relation to civil liberties and the welfare of others, but you should also include significant achievements or experience in unrelated fields (250 words)
  2. What do you consider to be the major threats to the self-employed bar? (150 words)
  3. Why do you wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
  4. Please give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  5. Please identify any additional experiences / skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (300 words)
  6. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  7. 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)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.