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5RB - 12 Months - October 2015

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Head of Chambers:
Desmond Browne QC & Justin Rushbrooke QC
Address of chambers:
5 Gray's Inn Square
Gray's Inn
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Media and Communications
Practice areas:
Defamation; Privacy; Data Protection
Specialist services:
Litigation; Public Access Work; Pro Bono
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
30 April 2014 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2015
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
5RB is a leading set of media and entertainment barristers. We are seeking to recruit up to 2 pupils to start a 12 month pupillage with us commencing in October 2015.
Each Pupillage carries an award of £25,000, paid in four equal instalments during the 12 months.

5RB specialises in all areas of media and entertainment law (defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, data protection, copyright and associated rights, reporting restrictions, contempt of court and passing off, including all human rights aspects). In addition, chambers handles some professional negligence work, judicial review and sports regulation cases. Barristers act regularly in high-profile and ground-breaking cases in media law and write and contribute to the leading textbooks in our fields.

5RB's media work is a particular specialism, involving litigation, especially in defamation and privacy, for both claimants and defendants and advice to press, radio, television, book and electronic publishers.

A pupil at 5RB will spend 3 month periods with 4 different pupil supervisors. We endeavour to provide experience in all our practice areas.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate high academic achievement (usually at least a 2:1 degree). In addition we look for applicants with relevant experience (including mini-pupillages, not necessarily at 5RB) and who can demonstrate aptitude for, an interest in and commitment to our areas of work.

5RB is a member of the Pupillage Gateway, please apply to us through it. Before making an application, potential applicants are strongly advised to consult the information contained in our website at

5RB will consider for pupillage those sponsored by an organisation working in a field relevant to our practice areas.

Chambers hosts 3 mini-pupillage courses a year. Details and application form can be found on our website at

Student visits are not available.
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 wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
  2. BC2 - What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  3. BC3 - Give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  4. BC4 - 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)
  5. BC5 - Please identify any additional experiences / skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  6. Which provision in the Defamation Act 2013 do you think will have the most impact and why ? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form. The online application will be available from the 1st April 2014.