Head of AETO:
Collingwood Thompson QC
Address of AETO:
Main practice area:
Children Law; Family; Clinical Negligence; Commercial; Court of Protection; Crime; Employment; Finance; Inquiries and Inquests; International Law; Personal Injury; Product Liability; Public Law; Regulatory; Professional Discipline; Sports law
Public Access Work; Pro Bono; Mediation
South eastern; Midlands
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
12 month pupillage
7BR is a multi-disciplinary set with an outstanding reputation for advocacy and for the high quality work we attract across a range of complementary practice areas. Our key practice areas are: clinical negligence; personal injury; product liability; serious crime and complex fraud; employment and discrimination; child and family; inquests; Court of Protection; and public law and inquiries.
We are a friendly, welcoming chambers and our members come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Whilst we are all self-employed individuals, we support one another as colleagues.
We are proud of our distinguished alumni, and our members routinely appear in high profile, law-changing and important cases, including in the Supreme Court. Many of us, and chambers as a whole, are ranked highly in the directories.
We own the buildings from which we practise and in 2020 completed extensive renovations. The building provides an optimal working environment with the latest technology.
A significant proportion of chambers’ work, particularly criminal and family work, is outside London (predominantly in the Midlands). Some members in these areas of practice therefore regularly travel to a number of different court centres.
Pupillage at 7BR
We pride ourselves on the investment we place in our pupils. The structure of pupillage at 7BR ensures that all pupils receive training in civil, criminal and family law, with a unique arrangement that allows pupils to choose a practice area for their last four-month “seat” and tailor their pupillage to their interests. Our pupillage programme is designed to develop and challenge, equipping candidates with the skills and experience needed to enjoy a successful and stimulating career. Having invested heavily in each pupil, we do what we can to help them succeed.
Pupils are always welcome at chambers events and any member – whether supervisor or not – is happy to support and advise them in their work. Whilst chambers is based in London, pupils will be required to travel and to manage a demanding schedule across all our practice areas.
Our retention rate is excellent and in the past eight years we have offered tenancy to 14 of 17 pupils. Pupils are not in competition for tenancy; we have plenty of work and if you are good enough, we will offer you a tenancy. This also means pupils often develop close and supportive friendships over the course of the year.
Our pupillage award is £60,000; a grant of £50,000 and guaranteed earnings of £10,000. Part of the award can be drawn down prior to pupillage (details on our website).
What are we looking for?
This year, we will recruit up to six pupils – three for October 2022; and three for October 2023.
We welcome candidates who are committed to the Bar but who are still working out the areas in which they will specialise and those who already know where they wish to end up. But we require successful candidates to commit to our ethos. Whilst our members usually specialise as they become more senior, all of our very junior tenants are expected to undertake a mixed practice, giving them broad-based advocacy experience at the start of their career. We believe that early experience across practice areas, on our feet and in our written advocacy, provides firm foundations for success in any specialism, and means we are well placed to undertake work in some of the most interesting cases at the intersections between various fields of law.
Either way, we are looking for highly motivated, hardworking applicants who have the potential to be exceptional advocates. In your application, you will also need to demonstrate that you have the necessary intellectual and analytical skills to be able to understand and advise on complex legal issues across a variety of practice areas. You will need to show first-rate communication skills, both oral and written.
We welcome applications from candidates with a qualifying degree in any discipline and give no special preference to those with a law degree. We are happy to consider those coming to the Bar as a second career.
7BR is committed to equal opportunities. We encourage and welcome applications from groups under-represented in the legal sector and we will always make reasonable adjustments for candidates with disabilities.
We use the RARE contextual recruitment system to assist us in selecting the best candidates for interview. On receipt of your application we will send you a link and ask you to complete an online form. When selecting candidates for interview, both the candidates name and university on the application form are anonymised to ensure an unbiased selection process.
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.
- 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)
- Which areas of legal practice are you interested in and how does this inform your decision to apply to 7BR? (200 words)
- Apart from academic studies, which two experiences have most influenced you and why? (150 words)
- Any special features not already mentioned. Include here any mitigating features in respect of your exam results (refer to (g) on the 7BR website). (100 words)
- London Borough of Peckham runs a residential home for adults with learning difficulties. They book an outward-bound holiday in Wales with Del Boy Trotter’s Activity Holidays Ltd. Activity Holidays is rated as outstanding by Ofsted and the CQC. On the 2nd day of the holiday Del Boy organises a cycle ride through the Brecon Beacons. One of the bicycles he supplies has no brake wires. When cycling down a hill and towards a road, one of the residents, RTZ, is unable to stop the bike and collides with a car, fracturing both his legs. RTZ’s mother and litigation friend wants to bring a claim for personal injury. She instructs Fools and Horses Solicitors. They establish that neither Del Boy nor Activity Holidays has any assets or insurance. They also advise that there is no claim against Peckham. Is that advice correct? (300 words)
- We are interviewing candidates for pupillages commencing in October 2022 and October 2023. Please indicate (a) the year in which you wish to commence your pupillage, 2022 or 2023; and (b) if your preference is not available whether you would be able and willing to commence pupillage in the alternative year. (100 words)
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.