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Hardwicke Chambers 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Gatehouse Chambers
Head of AETO:
Brie Stevens-Hoare QC and PJ Kirby QC
Address of AETO:
Gatehouse, 1 Lady Hale Gate
Gray's Inn
London
WC1X 8BS
AETO's website address:
Practice areas:
Commercial Dispute Resolution; Construction and Engineering; Insolvency and Restructuring; Insurance and Reinsurance; Private Client; Professional Liability; Clinical Negligence; Personal Injury
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Arbitration and Mediation; Pro Bono; Adjudication; CLIPS; International and Domestic Adjudication
Circuits:
South eastern
Tenants:
95
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Five
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Two
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
Closing date:
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
NPG015/20/1978
Description
Hardwicke specialises in CDR, construction & engineering, insolvency & restructuring, insurance & reinsurance, private client, property, professional liability as well as clinical negligence & personal injury work. We are an ambitious and successful set with a reputation for our business-focus, an excellent practice team and innovative marketing. Our members are consistently recognised in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for their legal expertise and client skills.

Who Should Apply?

We are looking for candidates of the highest calibre with the potential to become successful barristers. When selecting pupils, we are looking for applicants who (i) show a genuine interest in our areas of work; (ii) show clarity and precision in their legal analysis; (iii) demonstrate written and oral advocacy skills; and, (iv) have life skills. You will need to be confident and able to work both on your own and with others, demonstrating not only analytical ability but also commercial good sense.

Hardwicke’s Pupillage Programme

Our policy is to offer pupillage to those candidates whom we consider have the potential to become tenants with us and in the last 5 years have retained 90% of our pupils. We put a great deal of effort into providing you with the support and training necessary to succeed in an extremely demanding career. From day one you will be part of our team, included in Chambers’ events and introduced to clients. We have an open door policy and ensure our pupils feel they are able to approach any member of Chambers for guidance and advice.

We offer up to two 12-month pupillages each year, which are split into three periods of four months. During each period, you will be assigned a pupil supervisor and other members of Chambers with whom you will work. You will share the daily professional life of your pupil supervisor, producing pleadings and opinions on their cases, attending conferences and receiving regular feedback. Advocacy is a key component of a Hardwicke pupillage. We will provide you with in-house advocacy training, supervised by our members, many of whom are advocacy trainers at the Inns and/or part-time judges. During your second six months, you can expect to find yourself in court two to three days a week.

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. Using 50 words or fewer EXPLAIN THE DECISION IN STOFFEL & CO v GRONDONA [2020] UKSC 42. (100 words)
  2. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY A BARRISTER SHOULD POSSESS? PLEASE GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF WHEN YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED THIS QUALITY. Please limit your answer to 200 words or fewer. (200 words)
  3. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DRAWBACK OF BEING A SELF-EMPLOYED BARRISTER? Please limit your answer to 150 words or fewer. (150 words)
  4. WHICH AREA(S) OF LAW DO YOU HOPE TO PRACTISE IN AT HARDWICKE AND WHY? You will not be bound to this choice as we understand that your interests and objectives may change over time. Please limit your answer to 250 words or fewer. (250 words)
  5. WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT OF THE LAW IN THE LAST 5 YEARS IN ONE OF THOSE AREAS (QU X ABOVE)? Please limit your answer to 200 words or fewer. (200 words)
  6. IS IT RIGHT THAT THE EXERCISE OF JUDICIAL DISCRETION MEANS THE SAME CASE MIGHT BE DECIDED DIFFERENTLY IF IT WERE HEARD BY A DIFFERENT TRIBUNAL? Please limit your answer to 200 words or fewer. (200 words)
  7. ONE OF HARDWICKE’S CORE VALUES IS OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVENESS. PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT TO YOU. Please limit your answer to 150 words or fewer. (150 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.