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Doughty Street Chambers (Housing and Social Welfare) - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Doughty Street
Head of AETO:
Geoffrey Robertson QC and Edward Fitzgerald QC
Address of AETO:
53-54 Doughty Street
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Civil and Crime
Practice areas:
Human Rights; Criminal Appeals; International Crime; Extradition; Courts Martial; Inquiries and Inquests; National Security; Protest cases; Prison Law and Criminal Justice; Sports law; Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities; Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence; Community Care and Health; Education; Equality and Discrimination; Freedom of Information and Data Protection; Housing and Social Welfare; Property and Land; Mental Health & Court of Protection; Professional Negligence; Regulatory; Corporate Governance & Policy; International Law; Civil Liberties; Civil; Employment; Defamation; Media and Entertainment; White Collar Crime; Crime
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono; Mediation; Arbitration; International and Domestic Adjudication; International Arbitration
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Doughty Street Chambers comprise over 160 barristers supported by 40 staff who all share a fundamental commitment to going “above and beyond” for our clients. Striving for access to justice, professionalism and excellence remains the driving force behind all that we do, coupled with our desire to innovate in the way that we offer services to our clients. Although we work across many fields, we are particularly known for our commitment to protecting and furthering human rights and civil liberties. We are noted as leaders in our fields, for our intellectual excellence and for cultivating a collaborative approach between our various practice teams.

We are offering a Housing and Social Welfare specialist pupillage to start in October 2023. This is in addition to the two generalist pupillages being offered (for which see separate advert on the Pupillage Gateway). Please note that applicants applying for the specialist pupillage cannot also apply for, and will not be considered for our generalist pupillages.

Doughty Street’s Housing and Social Welfare Team is at the forefront of litigation in social housing and ranked in the top tier by both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. The Legal 500 describes the team as a “fantastic range of barristers that represent predominantly individual applicants, such as tenants and individuals facing homelessness” and describes out “noted specialism in regard to cases involving vulnerable clients with physical or mental health issues”. The Chambers & Partners directory describes the team as “experts in possession proceedings and homelessness appeals, with a particular focus on matters involving community care considerations”. Many of the Team’s members have complementary practices in community care, immigration, Court of Protection and discrimination law.

The successful applicant will have experience in and a commitment to housing law and we particularly welcome applications from Black and other minority candidates, women, and others currently under represented at the Bar.

You will undergo a year's training with at least two pupil supervisors and will work predominantly with our specialists in housing, community care and adjacent specialities. Please see our website for more details. After successfully completing your year's pupillage, you will be invited to apply for membership of Chambers. We were delighted to welcome our first specialist housing pupil as a full tenant in 2021. The grant paid during the year's pupillage will be £40,000, which will include some element of guaranteed earnings in the second-six practising element of pupillage.

We are offering two general pupillages to start in October 2023, in addition to a Crime and Housing and Social Welfare specialist pupillage (for which please see the separate advert on the Pupillage Gateway). Please note that applicants applying for the Housing and Social Welfare pupillage cannot also apply for, and will not be considered for, our general or Crime specialist pupillage.
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. Please explain how you have demonstrated motivation, commitment and drive in any aspect of your life. We are particularly interested in activities in relation to civil liberties and the welfare of others, but you should also include significant achievements or experience in unrelated fields (250 words)
  2. 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)
  3. Please give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  4. What do you consider to be the major threats to the self-employed bar? (150 words)
  5. You are applying for a housing and social welfare specialist pupillage. Please explain why you are applying for a pupillage in this field of expertise. We are particularly interested in anything that you have done, or to which you would like to point, that demonstrates your commitment to this area of practice. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.