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5 Essex Court - 12 Months - September 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
5 Essex Court
Head of AETO:
Jason Beer QC
Address of AETO:
5 Essex Court
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Public Law; Human Rights; Police; Personal Injury; Civil; Employment; Administrative; Civil actions actions against the police and public authorities; Civil Liberties; Civil litigation; Common Law; Data Protection; Equality and Discrimination; Freedom of Information and Data Protection; Health and Safety; Healthcare; Immigration; Inquiries and Inquests; Judicial Review; Litigation; Local Government; Mental Health & Court of Protection; National Security; Prison Law and Criminal Justice; Professional Discipline; Regulatory and disciplinary; Privacy; Terrorism; Forced Marriage
Specialist services:
Litigation; Pro Bono; Public Access Work
South eastern; London
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
5 Essex Court is a civil law set that specialises in public and administrative law, human rights, public inquiries, information law, employment, regulatory law, personal injury and healthcare. It is widely acknowledged to be one of the leading sets for inquests, public inquiries and police law.

Chambers’ work is exciting and often high profile with members at all levels involved in the majority of significant cases, public inquiries and inquests involving the police. In the last few years, members of chambers - including pupils - have been, or are, involved in public inquiries such as the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Undercover Policing Inquiry, the Infected Blood Inquiry and the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry. Members of chambers also regularly appear in legal challenges and appeals touching on matters of significant public interest, including most recently: R (Maughan) v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire (standard of proof applied at inquests); Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire (duty of care); Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v DSD (positive duty under Article 3); Sir Cliff Richard v BBC & Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police (privacy); and R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police (lawfulness of automatic face recognition technology). Recent inquests include those relating to the Fishmongers’ Hall and London Bridge terrorist attacks, Tunisian Shooting, Carl Sargeant, Caroline Flack, Deepcut Barracks and many others.

Junior tenants and pupils appear, alone or led, in a wide range of courts and tribunals, from the Magistrates’ and County Courts to the Supreme Court. Pupils can expect the opportunity to undertake a significant amount of their own work during second six and will receive a minimum of £55,000 during the pupillage year, comprising a £30,000 award (from which a drawdown can be made available) and £25,000 guaranteed earnings. In recent years, the guaranteed earnings figure has always been exceeded.

5 Essex Court prides itself on providing pupils with a supportive, friendly and constructive environment in which to learn and begin their practices. Chambers’ commitment to pupils is reflected in the exceptional retention rate and carefully structured pupillage year. Pupils will benefit from three different supervisors and receive in-house advocacy training, funding for all required courses and a bespoke talks programme provided by members of chambers which is designed to introduce pupils to particular areas of chambers’ practice and to provide guidance for a successful life at the Bar. In recognition of our commitment to pupil training, 5 Essex Court won the award for ‘Best Chambers for Training’ at the inaugural Legal Cheek Award in 2018. We have also been awarded ‘Best Chambers for colleague support’ at the 2020 Legal Cheek Awards.

We seek to make our application process as transparent and fair as possible. All those who are involved in the selection process have undergone training in equality and diversity and fair selection. Each year we publish a detailed report on our pupillage application process, giving details of how we made our selections. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the report before applying – click here: 5EC Pupillage Selection Report 2020

Please see our website for further details:

Follow us on Twitter: @pupillages, on Instagram: @5essexcourt_pupillages and tune in to the Middle Temple Pupillage Podcast hosted by two of our tenants, Beatrice Collier and Georgina Wolfe.

No prior knowledge or experience of police law is required. There is also no requirement to undertake a mini-pupillage before applying for pupillage, although it is encouraged.

We operate an equal opportunities selection policy for pupils and tenants and particularly encourage applicants from minority groups and groups who are under represented at the Bar. Chambers was recently shortlisted for the LexisNexis Diversity and Inclusion Award.
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. 1. 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. 2. Why do you want to join 5 Essex Court? (150 words)
  3. 3. Which of our areas of practice are you in interested in, and why? Please refer to the 5 Essex Court website for more information about our practice areas: (200 words)
  4. 4. Please list all mooting, debating and advocacy experience that you have (we know that this may already be included in your earlier answers, but it is helpful to have it set out in one place). (300 words)
  5. 5. Please could you tell us where you first heard of 5 Essex Court? The answer to this question is purely for our own marketing purposes and is not assessed. (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.