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36 Crime - 12 Months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
36 Crime - Part of the 36 Group
Head of AETO:
Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, Dean Armstrong QC & William Tyler QC
Address of AETO:
4 Field Court
London
WC1R 5EF
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Crime
Practice areas:
Crime; Criminal Defence and Appeals
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Pro Bono; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); Arbitration
Circuits:
South eastern; London; Midlands
Tenants:
150
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
10
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
One
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
10760b/20/1990
Description
36 Crime invites applications for a 12-month criminal pupillage, to commence October 2022. The criminal pupillage award is £45,000 comprising the elements set out in the 36 Crime Pupillage Award section, below.

36 Crime is a specialist practice group within The 36 Group. 36 Crime comprises over 50 barristers, including 9 Queen’s Counsel. We have a particularly strong presence in the field of cybercrime. Our members have prosecuted and defended in many of the biggest and most significant cybercrime cases brought in recent years. We also have well established and growing extradition, police disciplinary, modern slavery, consumer law, and economic crime and regulation teams.

We undertake both privately and publicly funded defence and prosecution work in Crown Courts in the Midlands, London and South East, and East Anglia. Our barristers also routinely appear in the Court of Appeal and High Court, as well as before a variety of regulatory bodies. Some Magistrates’ Courts work is also done, although that tends to be mostly by pupils in their second six months of pupillage.

We have always regarded our pupils and our junior-junior tenants as our future, and we seek to invest our time and resources to ensure they develop as fully as possible. Pupils are always recruited with a view to offering tenancy at the end of the 12 months, if they satisfy our criteria. We have an excellent record of our pupils becoming tenants with us.

The 36 Group has a proud history of inclusivity and diversity. We aim to make our pupillage application process as rigorous and fair as possible, and to encourage the widest diversity of exceptional applicants. Applications are welcome from all highly talented applicants, we particularly encourage applications from BAME candidates, mature students, overseas students, those experiencing underprivileged circumstances or any form of disability.

We will recruit a pupil who is committed to practising in criminal law and related areas, such as extradition, trading standards, police disciplinary work, and economic crime and regulatory work. Our specialist criminal pupillage is designed to ensure appropriate exposure to all aspects of criminal drafting, advising and advocacy. In-house advocacy training is provided. Our pupils are expected to work hard and are expected to travel (our financial award reflects this) often at short notice and across the whole geographical area covered by members. During the second six months a pupil can expect to be in Court most days.

In the event that candidates for pupillage are invited to interview, interviewing days will be in Spring 2021.

The questions that candidates will be asked to address on their application forms are:

1. What are the main challenges facing the junior Criminal Bar? How do you plan to deal with those challenges? (300 words)

2. “To reduce the backlog in Crown Court trials, jury panels should be reduced from twelve to seven during COVID times”. What are your views on this proposal? (300 words)

3. Please give an example of a time when you used your people skills in difficult circumstances. What was the situation, what did you want to achieve, what did you do and what was the outcome? (200 words)

4. Please give an example of a time when you had to carry out a challenging task under pressure. What was the situation, what did you want to achieve, what did you do and what was the outcome? (200 words)

5. Please give an example of a time when you felt that something was unfair and you took action to change it. What was the situation, what did you want to achieve, what did you do and what was the outcome? (300 words)


Those offered a criminal pupillage at 36 Crime will benefit from a pupillage award package to the value of £45,000. This will consist of a £30,000 financial award, plus £15,000 guaranteed earnings during the 2nd six months of pupillage. Chambers may (at its discretion) advance up to £5,000 of the award during the year prior to pupillage commencing. If £5,000 is drawn down in the year preceding pupillage, the remaining £25,000 of the financial award will be evenly distributed to the pupil during the 12 months of pupillage.

Further information about 36 Crime can be found at www.36crime.co.uk
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. What are the main challenges facing the junior Criminal Bar? How do you plan to deal with those challenges? (300 words)
  2. To reduce the backlog in Crown Court trials, jury panels should be reduced from twelve to seven during COVID times”. What are your views on this proposal? (300 words)
  3. Please give an example of a time when you used your people skills in difficult circumstances. What was the situation, what did you want to achieve, what did you do and what was the outcome? (200 words)
  4. Please give an example of a time when you had to carry out a challenging task under pressure. What was the situation, what did you want to achieve, what did you do and what was the outcome? (200 words)
  5. Please give an example of a time when you felt that something was unfair and you took action to change it. What was the situation, what did you want to achieve, what did you do and what was the outcome? (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.
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