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36 Commercial - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
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
London
WC1R 5EF
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Commercial
Practice areas:
Commercial; Employment; Aviation; Property; Fraud; Information Technology
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); Arbitration; Arbitration and Mediation; International Arbitration; Litigation; Mediation; Licensed Access
Circuits:
London; South eastern
Tenants:
157
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Six
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
One
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
47834/21/2233
Description
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.


The Award

36 Commercial invites applications for a 12-month commercial pupillage, to commence October 2023.

The Commercial pupillage award package is £65,000, 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 £65,000.
• This will consist of a £50,000 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 £40,000 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 £50,000 financial award will be evenly distributed during the 12 months of pupillage.
• An allowance for travel expenses is included in the overall award and not paid in addition.



About 36 Commercial

36 Commercial is a specialist practice group in The 36 Group. The 36 Group is a set of Chambers comprising more than 160 barristers, a number of whom are also arbitrators and accredited mediators. There are 5 main practice groups, of which 36 Commercial is one.

The 36 Commercial has more than 30 barrister members, 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, commercial arbitration and mediation covering a wide range of commercial fields, including; Contract, Cyber, Data & Technology, Corporate Crime, Fraud & Regulation, Company & Partnership, International & Offshore, Employment, Insurance, Property and Private Client work. We have a strong reputation in several fields. There is also particular interest amongst some members in the legal issues that arise in relation to 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 who possess integrity, irrespective of socio-economic background or personal characteristics. Everyone is welcome to apply.



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), according to their preference and following discussion with the Head of 36 Commercial.

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 required early on in practice, from pupillage onwards.

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 our barrister members.

During the second six months, a 36 Commercial pupil can currently expect to be in court doing 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 his or her own court work or paperwork, or attend to their pupil supervisor’s work.

As stated, we regard our pupils and our junior tenants as our future, and we seek to invest our time and resources to ensure they develop and achieve their potential as fully as possible. Pupil development and wellbeing are hugely important to us, and the pupil will be nurtured and supported to reach their full potential throughout their pupillage and beyond.

Pupils are always recruited with a view to offering them tenancy at the end of the 12 months. There are regular appraisals and opportunities for assessed pieces of work and written and oral feedback throughout pupillage.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming, friendly, sociable, 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, and we have regular opportunities to socialise together and with professional clients in addition to more formal networking opportunities.

We aim to make our pupillage application process as rigorous and fair as possible, and to encourage the widest diversity of exceptional applicants including those currently based overseas. Applications are welcome from all talented and conscientious candidates regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, health, neurodiversity or family / financial or other personal circumstances.

Any applicant who would be assisted by an adjustment to the process by reason of disability, neurodivergence, health needs or other personal circumstances may contact the Head of Pupillage to discuss their particular needs and enable any appropriate adjustments made. This does not form part of candidate assessment.



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 in simple terms. 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. Overcoming Adversity (Optional) If you have faced any adversity or obstacles to date in your journey towards practice at the Bar of England and Wales, which you believe ought to be considered in assessing your application as a whole, please use this opportunity to tell us about the nature of the challenge(s) you have faced and what, if any, steps you took to overcome such adversity or obstacles. (200 words or less)
6. Written Advocacy: Select any contract case decided since 1st January 2018 in the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court of the U.K. Give a summary of the case and then explain the case’s significance in the context of English contract law. (600 words or less). Please identify all sources used.



Pupillage Award criteria

Applicants for pupillage will be tested against the following criteria:

• Academic attainment
• Analytical skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Written communication / advocacy
• Oral communication / advocacy
• Resilience, including working under pressure, courage, and perseverance
• Overcoming adversity
• 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).



Interview

In the event that applicants for pupillage are invited for interview, interview days will be held in person in Spring 2022. Requests for remote interviews will be considered.

Further information about 36 Commercial can be found on Chambers’ website here

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. Analytical Skills: Describe an occasion when you have had to analyse complex or technical information and explain it in simple terms. How did you approach the task and ensure the recipient understood your explanation of the information? (200 words or less) (200 words)
  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) (200 words)
  3. Commitment & Motivation: Why do you wish to practise as a barrister at 36 Commercial? (200 words or less) (200 words)
  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) (200 words)
  5. Overcoming Adversity (Optional) If you have faced any adversity or obstacles to date in your journey towards practice at the Bar of England and Wales, which you believe ought to be considered in assessing your application as a whole, please use this opportunity to tell us about the nature of the challenge(s) you have faced and what, if any, steps you took to overcome such adversity or obstacles. (200 words or less) (200 words)
  6. Written Advocacy: Select any contract case decided since 1st January 2018 in the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court of the U.K. Give a summary of the case and then explain the case’s significance in the context of English contract law. (600 words or less). Please identify all sources used. (600 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.