Name of AETO:
Head of AETO:
Geoffrey Robertson QC and Edward Fitzgerald QC
Address of AETO:
53-54 Doughty Street
Main practice area:
Civil and Crime
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
Public Access Work; Pro Bono; Mediation; Arbitration; International and Domestic Adjudication; International Arbitration
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
8 February 2021 at 5:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2022
12 month pupillage
Doughty Street Chambers comprise almost 150 barristers supported by 40 staff who all share a fundamental commitment to going “above and beyond” for our clients. 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, 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. We are noted as leaders in our fields, for our intellectual excellence and for cultivating a collaborative approach between our various practice teams.
We are offering an Employment and Immigration specialist pupillage to start in October 2022. This is in addition to the two generalist pupillages being offered (for which see separate advert on the Pupillage Gateway). Please note that applicants applying for the specialist pupillage cannot also apply for, and will not be considered for our generalist pupillages.
Doughty Street’s Employment Team is currently 18 strong with 3 silks and 15 juniors practising across the entire spectrum of Employment and Discrimination Law. The Chambers UK Bar directory (2021) ranks us as a leading set in this area and describes our team as “acting for a range of notable employees and employers in high-profile cases” and our members “are adept at handling cutting-edge worker status and union recognition cases, in addition to complex discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.”
Doughty Street’s Immigration Team has 24 members, practising in all aspects of personal immigration and nationality law, including refugee/asylum claims, human rights claims, EU free movement law and the EU Settlement Scheme, family reunion, investors, students and business and commercial immigration, including sponsor compliance and challenges to the revocation of sponsor licences, as well as challenges to unlawful detention. The team is ranked in Band 2 in Chambers UK Bar Directory (2021), where it is described as a ‘strong immigration set with significant expertise in judicial review proceedings challenging Home Office policy and decisions’ whose members ‘are particularly well versed in asylum and deportation in the context of human rights law’.
The successful applicant will undergo a year's training with four pupil supervisors (split into 4 periods of 3 months each) and will work predominantly with our employment and immigration specialists. You will be exposed to work across the entire breadth of work in both disciplines and it is expected that the successful candidate will have a busy second-six months dealing with contentious matters in both areas of work.
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, this includes a £10,000 grant of guaranteed earnings in the second-six practising element of pupillage.
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.
- 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)
- 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)
- Why do you wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
- If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
- You are applying for an Employment and Immigration specialist pupillage. Please explain why you are applying for a pupillage in these fields of expertise. We are particularly interested in anything that you have done, or to which you would like to point, that demonstrates your commitment to these areas of practice. (200 words)
- Which skills and characteristics are the hallmarks of a good advocate? (200 words)
- Please give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.
Once you have completed your application you will be sent an automated email asking for you to complete a five-minute contextual survey (https://doughtystreet.app.contextualrecruitment.com/apply/06d2d60b-ff72-4d50-9597-a7523f9deb1a). We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background. We are therefore proud to be using Rare's Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) which allows us to consider applicants' achievements in the context in which they were gained. This will be available within the next few days- please check back to complete this form.