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Hailsham Chambers - 12 months - September 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Hailsham Chambers
Head of Chambers:
David Pittaway QC
Address of chambers:
4 Paper Buildings
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Professional negligence, medical law and costs
Practice areas:
Professional Negligence; Healthcare; Regulatory; Costs; Commercial; Personal Injury
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
September 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
**We will be hosting an open event for prospective applicants on Wednesday 15th January 2020 at the Apex Temple Court hotel, to give more information about Hailsham and pupillage here. Details of the event are on our website. If you wish to attend, please email **

At Hailsham Chambers we excel in our key areas of professional negligence, medical law, costs, regulatory and disciplinary, personal injury and commercial law. We win awards for our excellence and we are recognised by the legal directories as a leading set in our three main practice areas.

Our ethos is to provide the highest standards of advocacy, advice and service, which is supported by our open door policy and friendly atmosphere within chambers. We are proud of our history, which includes a number of former law lords, but we are an innovative and forward-thinking set.

Pupil profile:
We wish to recruit two pupils to start in September 2021.

You will be a motivated, ambitious candidate who can meet the following criteria:
• Intellectual ability and curiosity. Usually a minimum 2:1 degree is required but special circumstances will be considered
• Persuasive communication in both oral and written advocacy
• Personal qualities which will allow you to succeed at the Bar including independence, reliability, good judgement, commercial awareness, determination and the ability to build strong working relationships.
• Interest in Chambers and in our areas of practice

We place emphasis upon your answer to the problem question on our application form because we hope this will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your ability and potential. When you make your application, remember that this is your chance to show us your written advocacy skills as well as your intellectual ability.

We provide 12-months’ intensive, high-quality training in a relaxed atmosphere with two supervisors for three months each and a third supervisor for the second six months. We are also willing to offer pupillage undertaken on a part-time basis over a period of up to 2 years (references to "first six months" and "second six months" should be read as extended proportionately for a part-time pupillage).

As a pupil, you can expect supervision in two or more areas of Chambers’ specialisation. You will also have a mentor who is a recent junior tenant to discuss pupillage confidentially with you and answer any questions throughout the year.

During your first six months, you will work alongside your supervisor on cutting-edge cases, accompanying them to conferences and to court as well as learning the crucial skills of practice by performing challenging written work. Each supervisor will give you an indication of your performance ability and any areas for improvement through regular feedback as well as a formal appraisal at the end of the period. When you are ready, you will start to do assessed work for other members of chambers in order to inform the tenancy decision. You will also undertake informal advocacy exercises arranged by Chambers to improve your skills, and then 2 or 3 advocacy assessments which will feed into the tenancy decision. After six months, you can expect to receive instructions in your own right and to be “on your feet” in court at least once or twice a week. The tenancy decision will take place in the early summer to ensure that you know the outcome well before the end of your pupillage.

We have an excellent retention rate and five of our pupils in the last three years have become tenants. We plan to continue to expand Chambers and our junior members of chambers have thriving practices. As a new tenant, you will receive five years of close support as a member of our Junior Tenants Committee. Our pupils and junior tenants are busy and their billings compare well to solicitor equivalents.

We offer a £50,000 award including £5,000 guaranteed earnings. You will be able to keep anything you earn on top of the £5,000 guaranteed earnings. You can draw down up to £10,000 of your award during the BPTC year. We offer excellent training and prospects, and aim to invite successful pupils to become tenants.

We are passionate about encouraging applications from a diverse pool of candidates. If you are disabled, please feel free to contact us to discuss any reasonable accommodation that we might be able to make in order to facilitate your application. Hailsham Chambers adheres to and supports the Bar Council’s policies on equal opportunity and non-discrimination.
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. 25 Archer Road is a house which has been divided into two flats. Ms Briggs owns a long lease of the downstairs flat, 25A, together with 50% of the freehold. Mr Collins owns a long lease of the upstairs flat, 25B, together with the other 50% of the freehold. Ms Briggs decides to sell her lease and share of the freehold to Mrs Denby. Ms Briggs instructs EasySale solicitors to act for her on the sale. In connection with the sale, EasySale send a TR1 transfer of the freehold to Mr Collins to sign. The covering letter from EasySale says “Please sign the attached transfer for share of the freehold in front of a witness”. Erroneously however, the transfer deed provides for the freehold to be transferred from Ms Briggs and Mr Collins jointly to Mrs Denby alone. Mr Collins signs the transfer in front of a witness, without questioning this. Mrs Denby is then registered at the Land Registry as sole owner of the freehold title. Mrs Denby proves to be a nightmare neighbour. Mr Collins realises the whole freehold has been erroneously transferred to Mrs Denby. However, she refuses to agree to any re-transfer of the freehold into the joint names of herself and Mr Collins. He therefore brings proceedings for rectification which he eventually wins but spends £100,000 in costs. He is unable to recover any of these costs from Mrs Denby. Mr Collins now brings a claim against EasySale for the irrecoverable costs of the proceedings against Mrs Denby. Please read: NRAM Ltd (formerly NRAM plc) v Steel and another [2018] UKSC 13 (available free of charge at and at ) You are instructed by EasySale solicitors. How would you make the argument on their behalf that Mr Collins has no claim against them for any of his losses? (650 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)
  4. Would you wish to undertake pupillage on a part-time or other flexible basis, rather than full time over 12 months? If yes, please give details. Hailsham is willing to offer pupillage on a part-time basis over a period of up to 2 years (with the pupillage award spread over any extended period). (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.