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Hailsham Chambers - 12 months - September 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Hailsham Chambers
Head of AETO:
David Pittaway QC
Address of AETO:
4 Paper Buildings
AETO's 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:
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
Closing date:
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
September 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
**We will be hosting an online open event for prospective applicants on Thursday 14th January 2021, to give more information about Hailsham and pupillage here. Details of the event will be published 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.

What we look for

The successful candidate will be a motivated, ambitious candidate who is a persuasive communicator, intellectually able, hardworking and able to get on with clients, colleagues and judges. They will have a real interest in Chambers’ areas of practice.

Usually a minimum 2.1 degree is required, although we will consider applicants with a 2.2 where there are special personal or medical circumstances.

Financial matters

We offer pupils 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.

The award substantially exceeds BSB minimum requirements and is intended to cover all of our pupils’ costs during pupillage, including any compulsory courses, resits, a laptop if you do not already have one, travel and subsistence.


We offer excellent training and prospects, and aim to invite successful pupils to become tenants. 9 of our 10 pupils in the past 5 years have been recruited as tenants.

Our pupils have typically earned in the region of £9,000 to £12,000 during their second, practising six months (although earnings in 2020 were affected by Covid). This is of course in addition to the pupillage award, subject to the earnings guarantee.

Junior tenants in their first year of practice can expect to earn in the region of £60,000 to £80,000 (before expenses and tax), although this does vary between individuals and some have earned considerably more.


Applications will only be accepted through the Pupillage Gateway.


Chambers runs a thorough pupillage training programme, with detailed ongoing assessment against the competences in the BSB Professional Statement. Pupils will be formally appraised by their pupil supervisor after each 3 month period, against those competences. The Head of Pupillage will also review each pupil’s experience and performance with them at regular intervals during pupillage. Pupils will undertake several in-house advocacy exercises, at least two of which will be assessed. Those advocacy assessments, together with formal reports from all the pupil supervisors and from other members of chambers for whom the pupil has undertaken written work, will form the basis of the tenancy decision in June/July. Recruitment as a tenant is by reference to criteria available here.

Equality and Diversity

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 or adjustments 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. Chambers has an Equality and Diversity Policy which will be provided to all pupils at the beginning of pupillage.

For more general information about pupillages at Hailsham Chambers (including details of our privacy policy), please visit our website at

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: 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. You are instructed to act for the partners of Amhurst GP Practice (“Amhurst”), who have been sued by their patient, Mr Bell. The facts are as follows: Amhurst’s website lists all of the services which it offers to its patients. These services include electrocardiogram tests (“ECGs”). On 3rd April 2020, in response to a global pandemic, the nation was placed in lockdown and legislation was passed preventing GP practices from conducting any face-to-face tests, including ECGs, in order to protect staff at GP practices. In the early hours of 6th April 2020, Mr Bell began to experience chest pain, radiating into his left arm. At 8am on the same morning, he dialled 111 for advice, whereupon he was told that he should attend his local A&E so that he could undergo an ECG in order to determine whether he was suffering from a myocardial infarction. Mr Bell, however, did not want to go to A&E because he was worried that there would be a long wait caused by the pandemic. Mr Bell therefore visited Amhurst’s website and saw that the practice offered ECGs. He decided to wait until Amhurst opened at 9am in order to book an ECG, as he thought this would be quicker than going to A&E. When Mr Bell called Amhurst at 9am, he was informed that they were unable to offer him an ECG because of the recently-passed legislation and that he should attend A&E. When Mr Bell hung up the telephone, he went into cardiac arrest. An ambulance attended and the paramedics diagnosed a myocardial infarction. Although Mr Bell was resuscitated, he suffered a serious hypoxic brain injury. It is common ground that, if Mr Bell had not read that Amhurst offered ECGs on its website, then he would have gone straight to A&E. Although he would still have had the cardiac arrest, he would have avoided the hypoxic brain injury. It is also agreed that Amhurst’s partners are jointly responsible for the content on their website. How would you argue that Amhurst’s partners were not liable to Mr Bell? Please concentrate on the legal issues rather than exposition of the facts or the authorities. You are asked only to consider the following two cases (both of which are available at Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2019] AC 831 Khan v Meadows [2019] EWCA Civ 152 (750 words)
How to apply
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