Life as a Junior Tenant
Life as a junior tenant is busy and varied. We place great emphasis on advocacy skills and seek to ensure our juniors are in court as much as possible.
In the early years our tenants can expect to run their own cases both in the County Court and in the High Court and to also be working with more senior members of Chambers in higher value disputes and high-profile projects in the UK and overseas. We are involved in disputes of all shapes and sizes: from residential building works to multi-million pound projects for the construction of airports, dams, power stations, ships, oil rigs and bridges and you will experience this range of cases from the start of tenancy. We have been shortlisted for “Best Chambers for Training” and “Best Chambers for Quality of Work” at the 2023 Legal Cheek awards.
In their first years of practice, tenants can expect earnings equivalent to those in other top sets of commercial chambers. We also offer financial support to new tenants by way of subsidised room rent in their first year of tenancy and a travel subsidy for attendance at domestic and international marketing trips.
To gain an understanding of what it is like to practise in commercial law and the skills required watch Lucy Garrett KC’s talk given at the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair.
We are a friendly and sociable Chambers, as evidence by us being awarded “Best Chambers for Social Life” at the 2022 Legal Cheek awards. You can expect a lively social life and a great deal of Chambers camaraderie. This includes weekly catered lunches, regular internal get togethers on our 5th floor balcony, charity fundraising initiatives and other sporting/social events. We also have a busy and varied marketing calendar, providing plenty of opportunities to network with our instructing solicitors and clients.
From the start of tenancy, each member is assigned two mentors (one junior and one silk) for support during their first 18 months. The mentors will be on hand to offer both practical and pastoral support to help in the early stages of developing a career as a barrister. All members of Chambers will be very willing to assist with advice and discussion of your cases and we have been shortlisted as “Best Chambers for Colleague Supportiveness” at the 2023 Legal Cheek awards. . The staff across clerking, marketing and operation teams are also on hand to offer support in building your practice, developing client relationships and managing finances as a self-employed practitioner.
Keating Chambers is a modern building located near the Royal Courts of Justice in central London. The building underwent significant renovation in 2016, improving areas such as barrister rooms, client spaces (including reception and conferencing suites), shower facilities and social/dining areas. We have excellent IT provision whether you are working from Chambers or remotely including sophisticated in-house video-conferencing for virtual hearings and out of hours IT support. Our building is manned 24/7 to ensure accessibility and security for barristers when working evenings and weekends. Keating Chambers has been shortlisted for “Best Chambers for Facilities” and “Best Chambers for Legal Tech” at the 2023 Legal Cheek awards.