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5RB - 12 months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Head of Chambers:
Desmond Browne QC & Justin Rushbrooke QC
Address of chambers:
5 Gray's Inn Square
Gray's Inn
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Media and Communications
Practice areas:
Defamation; Privacy; Data Protection
Specialist services:
Litigation; Public Access Work; Pro Bono
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:03 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
5RB is the leading set of specialist media and communications law barristers. We are seeking to recruit a pupil to start a 12-month pupillage with us commencing in October 2021.

5RB specialises in all areas of media and communications law (primarily defamation, privacy, data protection, breach of confidence, copyright, reporting restrictions, and contempt of court). We are the only set to specialise exclusively in these fields. Our members act for both claimants and defendants and provide advice and representation to press, television, radio, book and electronic publishers, as well as to individuals, businesses and not-for-profit entities. Members of 5RB regularly appear in the most high-profile and groundbreaking cases.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate high intellectual ability and academic achievement (usually at least a 2:1 degree). In addition, we look for applicants with relevant experience (including mini-pupillages, not necessarily at 5RB, and other work experience) who can demonstrate an interest in our work and an aptitude for successful practice in our specialist areas.

Pupils at 5RB generally spend 3-month periods with 4 different pupil supervisors. The pupillage will carry an award of £30,000 paid in 4 equal instalments.
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(5RB1) 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 (500 words)
  2. BC2(5RB2) 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. (300 words)
  3. *5RB(3) Should individuals accused of sexual offences be entitled to anonymity until charge? (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.