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36 Public - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
The 36 Group
Head of AETO:
Richard Wilson QC & William Harbage QC
Address of AETO:
36 Bedford Row
London
WC1R 4JH
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Mixed
Practice areas:
Family; Employment and Industrial Relations; Employment; Crime; Commercial; Public Law
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Pro Bono; Arbitration; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration)
Circuits:
South eastern; Midlands; London
Tenants:
150
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
10
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
One
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
10760/21/2235
Description
36 Public & Human Rights: Pupillage Gateway advert and questions

The 36 Group is a leading set of chambers with over 150 barristers, including 20 Queen’s Counsel and very 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 a truly international multi-specialist set, with barristers appearing before all levels of court. Our modern, high spec facilities include a suite of rooms for client meetings and all forms of ADR to take place in chambers or remotely.

As a Chambers we operate as five distinct Practice Groups under the shared umbrella of a cohesive management structure, shared constitution and policies, shared premises and a shared ethos. Each of the Practice Groups has its own Heads of Team, Practice Managers 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 a 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, to engage in networking and social events, and to become part of the life of chambers.

36 Public & Human Rights invites applications for a 12-month public pupillage, to commence in October 2023.

36 Public & Human Rights is a specialist Practice Group of 30 barristers, including one QC, within The 36 Group. Several of our members have judicial or quasi-judicial roles, including recorders, arbitrators, and a tribunal judge. Barristers in our group have written, edited, and contributed to respected practitioner texts, and regularly write for publications such as Lexis Nexis PSL, the Industrial Relations Law Reports, and the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law.

In 2021, we were strengthened by the arrival of nine specialist immigration barristers, enhancing our expertise in matters such as deportation, the EU Settlement Scheme, and refugee law. Barristers in our group also have established practices in education law (including special educational needs, admissions and exclusions), employment law (including discrimination and unfair dismissal), housing (including homelessness and social housing), and judicial review.

We undertake privately funded and legally aided work throughout England and Wales, although with a strong connection to London and the South East. Our barristers are regularly in court and have appeared at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Our recent high-profile cases include a successful judicial review of the Home Office’s ‘no recourse to public funds’ policy, a challenge to the Bar Standards Board’s refusal to grant an exemption to vocational training, and a deportation case heard in Strasbourg. Written advocacy and advisory work form a significant part of our practice. Many of our members are direct access qualified, with some also authorised to conduct litigation.

The 36 Group looks for excellence in its pupils. Applications are welcome from all highly talented candidates regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexuality, health, disability, neurodivergence or family/financial/other personal circumstances. We aim to make our pupillage application process as rigorous and fair as possible, and to encourage the widest diversity of exceptional applicants.

We will recruit a pupil who is committed to practising in public law. The successful candidate will gain exposure to multiple specialisms within our practice group, and to both oral advocacy and drafting. If granted tenancy they will be encouraged to maintain a diverse practice, but will have the opportunity to specialise. Pupils will be expected to work hard and sometimes to travel; our financial award reflects this. During the second six they can expect to be in court on most days, sometimes at short notice.
Our pupil will have at least two core pupil supervisors, usually with different areas of specialism within public law. The pupil will also benefit from the multidisciplinary environment of The 36 Group and have the opportunity to gain experience of other areas of law, such as probate, trusts, criminal law, family law or other areas of interest. They will spend approximately 80% of their time in the public law team with their core pupil supervisors, and 20% of their time in another team with a supporting supervisor, gaining a broader knowledge of the law.

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. There are regular appraisals and opportunities for assessed pieces of work, and written and oral feedback is given throughout pupillage.

The successful candidate will benefit from a pupillage award package to the value of £45,000. This will consist of a £30,000 financial award, plus £15,000 guaranteed earnings during the second six months of pupillage. Chambers may (at its discretion) advance up to £5,000 of the award during the year prior to pupillage commencing. If £5,000 is drawn down in the year preceding pupillage, the remaining £25,000 of the financial award will be evenly distributed to the pupil during the 12 months of pupillage. The award includes an allowance for travel expenses, which pupils are generally expected to meet from the award.
Further information about 36 Public & Human Rights can be found here

The criteria that will be considered in pupillage applications are as follows:
• 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, to The 36 Group, and to a public law practice.

These will be assessed from a combination of the application form and the interview.
Pupillage interviews will take place in spring 2022.

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 to be made. This does not form part of candidate assessment.

The questions that candidates will be asked to answer on their application forms are:

1. How far do you think the state should be able to legislate to restrict freedom of movement within its own borders during a pandemic? (400 words)
2. Describe an occasion when you had to engage with, or assist, a hostile or vulnerable person. What issues or difficulties arose, how did you handle them, and what was the outcome? (200 words)
3. Which of 36 Public & Human Rights’ practice areas are you interested in, and why? (200 words)
4. Give an example of a time when you have had to work under pressure. What was the situation, how did you tackle it, and what was the result? (200 words)
5. (Optional) If you have faced adversity or obstacles in your journey to the bar so far, please use this opportunity to tell us about the nature of the challenge you have faced and what steps you have taken to overcome it. (200 words)
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. How far do you think the state should be able to legislate to restrict freedom of movement within its own borders during a pandemic? (400 words) (400 words)
  2. Describe an occasion when you had to engage with, or assist, a hostile or vulnerable person. What issues or difficulties arose, how did you handle them, and what was the outcome? (200 words) (200 words)
  3. Which of 36 Public & Human Rights’ practice areas are you interested in, and why? (200 words) (200 words)
  4. Give an example of a time when you have had to work under pressure. What was the situation, how did you tackle it, and what was the result? (200 words) (200 words)
  5. (Optional) If you have faced adversity or obstacles in your journey to the bar so far, please use this opportunity to tell us about the nature of the challenge you have faced and what steps you have taken to overcome it. (200 words) (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.