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2 Hare Court (Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC) - 12 Months - September 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
2 Hare Court
Head of AETO:
Jonathan Laidlaw QC
Address of AETO:
2 Hare Court
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Crime; Professional Discipline; Sports law; Health and Safety; Inquiries and Inquests; Tax
Specialist services:
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
September 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
2 Hare Court regards pupillage as an essential investment in the future of Chambers and the Bar. Our approach is to offer a thoroughly comprehensive training in all aspects of our work so as to ensure our pupils are provided with the best foundation for their professional careers and are able to uphold traditions and standards of the Bar.

Chambers selects articulate and well motivated individuals who can demonstrate academic excellence, high standards of presentation and communication skills, sound judgement and a practical approach to problem-solving.

Chambers advertises up to two 12 month pupillages per year.
The funding for pupillages commencing in September 2023 onwards will be:
£30,000 award paid in monthly instalments during the first six months.
£10,000 guaranteed earnings during the second six months.

1st Six Months
During pupillage at 2 Hare Court you will have at any one time a junior supervisor, and a QC supervisor. You will spend four months with each team so working with three teams in total. In this way we can give you the best opportunity to experience work in different areas of crime, both defending and prosecuting, along with our other practice areas. You will share a room with one of pupil supervisor’s and by moving rooms will have an opportunity to meet other members of Chambers. During your 1st Six (and 2nd Six when you are not in court) you are expected to accompany your pupil supervisor during the working week. All pupils will spend one month with a Treasury Counsel or a Treasury Counsel monitoree and so will see senior prosecution work.
During the 1st Six Months you will learn by reading briefs, preparing draft written work (e.g. case summaries, skeleton arguments, etc), carrying out legal research for your pupil supervisor and other members of Chambers and attending court and conferences. This period is not only designed to ensure that you observe work which is interesting, informative and thought-provoking, but also to ensure that you are properly prepared to begin your own practice. Chambers uses the Bar Council Criminal Checklist as the basis of the work which should be undertaken in pupillage.
Pupils have to pay for their own travel expenses within the Greater London area. If your pupil supervisor is appearing outside this area, you are not expected to accompany him at your own expense. The pupil supervisor will make arrangements either to organise free travel for you or for you to accompany another member of Chambers.
If your pupil supervisor is absent from Chambers (or working outside the Greater London area) for a prolonged period for any reason, Chambers will arrange for you to be assigned temporarily or permanently to another member of Chambers.

2nd Six Months
The emphasis during the 2nd Six Months will be on your own case load. Preparation for this stage will have been comprehensive during your 1st Six and Chambers has long experience in ensuring your progression to being on your feet is accomplished smoothly.
At this stage your own practice will assume priority as far as your responsibilities are concerned, but you are still required to assist your pupil supervisor or other members of Chambers. During this period you can expect to be in court most days, if not twice a day, initially in the Magistrates Courts but shortly thereafter in the Crown Courts where pupils will deal with matters such as pleas and directions, mentions, etc. before moving on and undertaking their own Crown Court trials.
The 2 Hare Court clerking team will ensure that work is fairly and evenly distributed between pupils, subject to the availability of the individual pupil and to the possibility of individual pupils being specifically requested by solicitors.
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. BC1: 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)
  2. BC2: Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice (200 words)
  3. What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? (200 words)
  4. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.