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5 Essex Court - 12 Months - September 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
5 Essex Court
Head of AETO:
Jason Beer QC
Address of AETO:
5 Essex Court
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Public Law; Human Rights; Police; Personal Injury; Civil; Employment; Administrative; Civil actions actions against the police and public authorities; Civil Liberties; Civil litigation; Common Law; Data Protection; Equality and Discrimination; Freedom of Information and Data Protection; Health and Safety; Healthcare; Immigration; Inquiries and Inquests; Judicial Review; Litigation; Local Government; Mental Health & Court of Protection; National Security; Prison Law and Criminal Justice; Professional Discipline; Regulatory and disciplinary; Privacy; Terrorism; Court of Protection
Specialist services:
Pro Bono; Public Access Work; Mediation
South eastern; London
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
September 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
5 Essex Court is a civil law set specialising in public and administrative law, human rights, public inquiries, information law, employment, regulatory law, personal injury and healthcare. We are recognised as a leading set for inquests, public inquiries and police law.

Due to a surfeit of work, Chambers is recruiting three pupils in this recruitment round. There is potential for one pupil to begin their pupillage one year early, in September 2022.

The work we do is exciting and often attracts media attention. Members at all levels have and continue to be involved in the majority of significant cases that concern the actions of public authorities including the police. We have appeared, both as counsel to the inquiry and on behalf of core participants, in all the major public inquiries of recent years. These include the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Undercover Policing Inquiry, the Infected Blood Inquiry, the Brook House Inquiry and the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry. Our high-profile inquest work includes those concerning Deepcut Barracks, the Fishmongers’ Hall and London Bridge terrorist attacks, Caroline Flack, Carl Sergeant, Sudesh Amman, Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah and Stephen Port.

We regularly appear in legal challenges which engage matters of significant public interest. Recent examples include: R (Maughan) v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire (standard of proof applied at inquests); Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire (duty of care); Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v DSD (positive duty under Article 3); Sir Cliff Richard v BBC & Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police (privacy); R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police (lawfulness of automatic face recognition technology), Prior v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (employment), Young v Downey (personal injury) and Pathan v Secretary of State for the Home Department (procedural fairness).

Chambers prides itself on offering pupils a friendly, collaborative and constructive environment in which to learn and begin their practices. Our commitment to training was recognised in the Legal Cheek awards when we won the inaugural ‘Best Chambers for Training’ Award 2018. Since then, the quality of the training we offer has been repeatedly recognised. Pupils benefit from an established pupillage programme which aims to develop the key skills required to succeed at the Bar. This includes in-house advocacy training and a comprehensive talks programme designed to introduce pupils to our areas of work as well as life at the Bar. Our commitment to pupils is reflected both in the structure of pupillage and in the excellent retention rate of our pupils as tenants.

Pupils can expect the opportunity to undertake a significant amount of their own work during second six and will receive a minimum of £55,000 during the pupillage year, comprising a £30,000 award (from which a drawdown can be made available) and £25,000 guaranteed earnings. In recent years, the guaranteed earnings figure has always been exceeded.

Our pupils come from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, whether recent university graduates or those seeking a second career as a barrister.
We recruit pupils in the expectation that they will develop the skills not only to gain tenancy in our chambers but to go on to enjoy fulfilling careers at the Bar. We aim to have as transparent a pupil recruitment process as possible. All those who are involved in the selection process have received e training in equality and diversity and fair selection. Each year we publish a detailed report on our pupillage application process, giving details of our recruitment round. Our 2021 report has just been published and we encourage applicants to read it before applying to us.

Further details about 5 Essex Court and the work we do please see our website:

Follow us on Twitter: @pupillages, on Instagram: @5essexcourt_pupillages and tune in to the Middle Temple Pupillage Podcast hosted by two of our tenants, Beatrice Collier and Georgina Wolfe.

We operate an equal opportunities selection policy for pupils and tenants and particularly encourage applicants from minority groups and groups who are under represented at the Bar.

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. 1. 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. 2. Why do you want to join 5 Essex Court? (150 words)
  3. 3. Which of our areas of practice are you in interested in, and why? Please refer to the 5 Essex Court website for more information about our practice areas: (200 words)
  4. 4. Please list all mooting, debating and advocacy experience that you have (we know that this may already be included in your earlier answers, but it is helpful to have it set out in one place). (300 words)
  5. 5. Please could you tell us where you first heard of 5 Essex Court? The answer to this question is purely for our own marketing purposes and is not assessed. (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.