Name of AETO:
36 Commercial - Part of The 36 Group
Head of AETO:
Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, Dean Armstrong QC & William Tyler QC
Address of AETO:
4 Field Court
Main practice area:
Commercial; Employment; Aviation; Property; Fraud; Information Technology
Public Access Work; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); Arbitration; Arbitration and Mediation; International Arbitration; Litigation; Mediation; Licensed Access
London; South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2022
12 month pupillage
36 Commercial invites applications for a 12-month commercial pupillage, to commence October 2022.
The Commercial pupillage award package is £60,000, and comprises the elements set out below:
• Anyone offered and accepting a pupillage at 36 Commercial will receive a pupillage award package to the value of £60,000.
• This will consist of a £45,000 financial award, plus £15,000 guaranteed earnings during the second six months of pupillage.
• Chambers may (at its discretion) advance up to £10,000 of the financial award during the year prior to pupillage commencing.
• If £10,000 is drawn down in the year preceding pupillage, the remaining £35,000 of the financial award will be evenly distributed to the pupil during the 12 months of pupillage.
• If £10,000 is not drawn down in the year preceding pupillage, then the full £45,000 financial award will be evenly distributed during the 12 months of pupillage.
About 36 Commercial
36 Commercial is one of the specialist practice groups in The 36 Group. The 36 Group is set of Chambers with over 150 barristers, a number of whom are also arbitrators and accredited mediators. There are 5 main practice groups.
The 36 Commercial practice group comprises over 30 barristers, including 6 Silks (i.e. 3 Queen’s Counsel (“QCs”) of the Bar of England and Wales and 3 Senior Counsel (“SCs”) who took Silk in foreign jurisdictions.
36 Commercial specialises in all aspects of commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation that cover a wide range of commercial fields, including; Contract Law, Cyber, Data & Technology, Corporate Crime, Fraud & Regulation, Company & Partnership, International & Offshore, Employment, Property and Private Client work. We have an increasing international profile given our Chambers’ close connections through individual practitioners with Singapore, Cyprus, India, South Africa, Ireland, Dubai, and Hong Kong.
We have a particularly outstanding reputation in commercial Cyber and Data law and regulation in those fields concerned with the legal issues associated with disruptive new technologies such as blockchain, crypto-assets, smart contracts, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and related global regulation.
Our pupils, our future
We have always regarded our pupils and our junior-junior tenants as our future. We invest time and resources to ensure that they are able to flourish in practice.
Our pupils are always recruited with a view to offering them tenancy at the end of the 12 months, subject to performance. We have an excellent record of offering pupils tenancy within Chambers.
The 36 Group has a proud history of inclusivity and diversity, and we in 36 Commercial continue to build on that. Applications are welcome from all talented and determined applicants with integrity from all backgrounds, irrespective of personal characteristics, including African/Caribbean, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, mature applicants, overseas applicants, those experiencing socially underprivileged circumstances or any form of disability.
We are particularly interested in pupils who are committed to developing a broad commercial practice (see above), with significant elements of cyber, data, A.I. law and regulation.
Design of the pupillage
Our Commercial pupillage is designed to ensure appropriate exposure to all the important aspects of commercial drafting, advisory work and courtroom advocacy - across a wide range of commercial work.
Although a pupil will have two main Commercial pupil supervisors (one for each of the two six-month periods), a Commercial pupil will also be expected from time to time to attend court with other members of 36 Commercial.
In addition, a pupil will be given the opportunity of spending a few weeks with a member of one of Chambers’ other specialist practice groups (i.e. 36 Family, 36 Crime, 36 Stone (shipping/international trade) and 36 Public & Human Rights).
In-house advocacy training is also provided under the stewardship of Chambers’ Advocacy Training Committee.
This is all done with a view to ensuring that a 36 Commercial pupil is given appropriate grounding in the key skill-sets that will be required early on in practice.
Our pupils are expected to work hard and to travel (our financial award reflects this) often at short notice and across the whole domestic geographic area covered by members.
During the second six months, a 36 Commercial pupil can currently expect to be in court on their own work on about 2-3 days a week, on average. This will involve work across a broad range of commercial practice areas.
The pupil will be expected to go to court and do whatever work is available, although where is a choice of work, some regard may be had to any particular interests the pupil may have.
A pupil is expected to use the days out of court during the working week to prepare their own court work or paperwork, or attend to their supervisor’s work.
Application Form questions
The questions that applicants for pupillage will be asked to address on their application forms are as follows:
1. Analytical skills: Describe an occasion when you have had to analyse complex or technical information and explain it simply. How did you approach the task and ensure the recipient understood your explanation of the information? (200 words or less)
2. Interpersonal skills: Describe a difficult encounter you have had with a hostile or vulnerable person. What was the situation, what did you do to engage with them and what was the outcome? (200 words or less)
3. Commitment & motivation: Why do you wish to practise as a barrister at 36 Commercial? (200 words or less)
4. Resilience. Give an example of when you have experienced a difficult set back. What did you do to overcome it and what was the outcome? (200 words or less)
5. Written Advocacy: What are the main challenges Artificial Intelligence poses for contract or commercial law? Having set out the main challenges, identify which is the greatest challenge in your view, and explain why. Any source materials relied on should be identified. (400 words or less)
Pupillage Award criteria
The criteria that applicants for pupillage will be tested against will be as follows:
• Academic attainment
• Analytical skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Written communication / advocacy
• Oral communication / advocacy
• Commitment and motivation
• Ability to work under pressure
• Courage and perseverance
• Ethical integrity
• Commitment to the Bar of England and Wales, the values of The 36 Group, and to a commercial law practice.
These will be assessed from a combination of the information contained in an applicant’s completed application form and on the applicant’s subsequent performance at interview(s).
In the event that an applicant for pupillage is invited for interview(s), the interviewing days will be in Spring 2021.
Further information about 36 Commercial can be found on Chambers’ website here: https://36group.co.uk/commercial
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.
- Describe an occasion when you have had to analyse complex or technical information and explain it simply. How did you approach the task and ensure the recipient understood your explanation of the information? (200 words)
- Describe a difficult encounter you have had with a hostile or vulnerable person. What was the situation, what did you do to engage with them and what was the outcome? (200 words)
- Why do you wish to practise as a barrister at 36 Commercial? (200 words)
- Give an example of when you have experienced a difficult set back. What did you do to overcome it and what was the outcome? (200 words)
- What are the main challenges Artificial Intelligence poses for contract or commercial law? Having set out the main challenges, identify which is the greatest challenge in your view, and explain why. Any source materials relied on should be identified. (400 words)
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.