Are students without a law degree at a disadvantage?
No. We welcome applications from candidates who are studying for or who have completed a GDL. A significant number of our current members undertook a non-law degree at undergraduate level. In fact, a number also had a different career entirely before coming to the Bar (e.g. in engineering, strategy consultancy and advertising).
How are your Pupillages operating during lockdown?
During lockdown our pupillages are still running as usual with some small changes. Firstly, if pupils wish to work from Chambers, they are permitted to do so but this is entirely a matter of personal choice and any preference to work from home has been and will be fully accommodated. Second, in order to provide continued support for pupils, they have been given a secondary supervisor to ensure that there is always somebody in Chambers to support them. Pupils are encouraged to attend our fortnightly virtual “Friday drinks” to get to know others in Chambers.
What sort of cases are your barristers instructed on?
Construction, technology and associated professional negligence disputes often relate to high-value 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. Members of Chambers have also been instructed on well-known projects such as the Olympic venues, Wembley Stadium, the Pinnacle, the Shard, the Gherkin, the Millennium Bridge, the London Eye and the Channel Tunnel.
Are there opportunities to work abroad?
Yes – many of our members specialise in international arbitration and this involves hearings and projects based outside of the UK but particularly in the Middle East, Far East, Africa and the Caribbean. We have been instructed on projects such the Dubai metro, airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and the Philippines, the Tsing Ma suspension bridge in Hong Kong, the Shinkansen high speed train network and cases involving mines, ships, rigs, oil wells and various types of plant (biofuel, gas turbine, nuclear etc) across the world. See James Frampton’s account of his first year in tenancy for further information: James Frampton Brief Encounters