36 Crime Gateway Advert and Questions for 2023
The 36 Group is a leading set of Chambers with over 150 barristers, including 20 Queens Counsel and many judicial appointees, arbitrators and authors of academic texts. We pride ourselves on excellence throughout Chambers. Based in London, our work is geographically widespread both domestically and globally, including many international clients. The 36 Group is an international multi-specialist set, with barristers appearing before all levels of court.
We operate as five distinct Practice Groups under the umbrella of a shared management structure, shared constitution and policies, shared premises, and a shared ethos. Each of the Practice Groups has its own Head of Team, Practice Manager, and clerks. All of our pupillages are specialist pupillages in one of the five Practice Groups. Our comprehensive Pupillage Manual governs the pupillage process from recruitment of pupils to tenancy and reflects our commitment as Chambers to the fair recruitment of pupils and to ensuring that our pupils receive the best training and support.
Throughout pupillage, in addition to Pupil Supervisors, pupils will have the support of a Pupillage Officer and Head of Team for their Practice Group, and a ‘Chambers Buddy’ who is not part of the tenancy recruitment process. Pupils are encouraged to meet other members of chambers and to engage in networking and social events, and to become part of the life of Chambers.
36 Crime invites applications for a specialist 12-month criminal law pupillage, to start in October 2023. The pupillage award is £45,000, made up as set out below.
36 Crime is a practice group within the 36 Group. There are 54 barristers in 36 Crime, including eight QCs. Members of 36 Crime undertake work involving a wide range of criminal offences including homicide, serious organised crime, terrorism, financial crime, serious sexual offences, cybercrime, extradition, consumer law offences, and regulatory offences.
Members of 36 Crime are regularly involved in high profile cases. We are instructed by specialist units including the Complex Casework Unit, the Serious Fraud Office, the Health and Safety Executive, the CPS London Homicide Unit, and the International Justice and Organised Crime Division. 36 Crime also has a long history of involvement in cases at International Criminal Tribunals and at the International Criminal Court.
36 Crime undertakes both prosecution and defence work. Members work predominantly in the Midlands, London, and East Anglia.
Chambers operates from impressive, well-equipped, modern premises at 4 Field Court in Gray’s Inn, reflecting our forward-looking approach and facilitating the ongoing development of our work.
Several members of 36 Crime sit as Recorders in the Crown Court or as judges in other tribunals. Former members have gone on to become full-time judges of the International Criminal Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, and the Crown Court.
We always offer pupillage in the hope and expectation that it will lead to tenancy. Accordingly, we aim to provide the best possible training and support to our pupils. Pupil development and wellbeing are very important to us and we aim to do everything we can to challenge, encourage, and assist pupils to enable them to achieve their full potential.
Pupils have two core pupil supervisors from 36 Crime, one for each six-month period of the pupillage. We aim to allocate pupil supervisors with different specialist areas of practice in order to provide a broad experience. Pupils also benefit from the multi-disciplinary environment of the 36 Group and have the opportunity to gain experience in other areas of law. Pupils spend approximately 80% of the time in the crime team with the core pupil supervisors and 20% of the time in another team with a supporting supervisor. Our experience is that pupils find this exposure to other areas of law both interesting and beneficial to their development.
A structured training programme is provided for pupils, which includes written and oral advocacy training. Appraisals take place at regular intervals during the pupillage. Pupils are encouraged to attend 36 Crime internal training events and external seminars and are also given the opportunity to contribute work to the 36 Crime Newsletter.
Pupils and tenants in the early years of practice at 36 Crime cover the full range of criminal work we do, appropriate to their level of experience. However, as members progress in their careers they are encouraged and supported to develop expertise in specific areas. This support is provided partly by members who already have experience in those areas and partly by the 36 Crime practice manager, with the assistance of the clerks.
We are a welcoming, friendly, diverse, and supportive team of barristers and staff members. Pupils and junior members of chambers are encouraged to seek advice and support from more senior members of the team.
We aim to make our pupillage application process as rigorous and fair as possible, and to encourage the widest possible diversity of exceptional applicants, including those currently based overseas. Applications are welcome from all highly talented candidates regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, health, neurodiversity, family / financial or other personal circumstances.
We will hold two rounds of interviews for shortlisted applicants on consecutive weekends in spring 2022.
Any applicant who would be assisted by an adjustment to the process by reason of disability, neurodivergence, health, or other personal circumstances may contact the Head of Pupillage to discuss their particular needs and any appropriate adjustments will be made. This would not form part of the assessment of the applicant.
The successful pupil will receive an award of £45,000 for the pupillage year, which includes £15,000 by way of guaranteed personal earnings during the second six. By arrangement part of the award, up to a maximum of £10,000, can be paid in the year preceding the pupillage. The award includes an allowance for travel expenses, which pupils are expected to meet from the award.
Further information about the 36 Group and about 36 Crime can be found here.
The 36 Group Pupillage Brochure can be found here.
The 36 Group Pupillage Policy can be found here.
Applicants will be assessed by reference to the following criteria:
Written communication / advocacy
Oral communication / advocacy
Resilience / working under pressure / courage and perseverance
Commitment to the Bar and to a criminal law practice
The assessment will be based partly on the application form and partly on the interviews.
Applicants should answer the following questions in the application form:
1. Are mandatory minimum sentences justified for some offences? If so, what factors should determine when and to which offences they should apply? (300 words maximum)
2. Please give an example of a time when you used your interpersonal 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 maximum)
3. 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 maximum)
4. If you have faced and overcome adversity in relation to education, health, or other personal circumstances in seeking a career at the Bar, and you believe this ought to be considered in assessing your application, please explain what challenge you have faced and what you have done to overcome it. (200 words maximum) - This question is optional. It is intended to provide an opportunity for applicants who have overcome adversity to demonstrate this. Applicants are not required to answer this question if they feel it does not apply to them or if they would prefer not to. Answers to this question will not be marked for any criterion other than overcoming adversity.