11KBW was founded in 1981 by Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, with leading employment and commercial law practitioners. Chambers has an unparalleled record of members becoming some of the most distinguished members of the judiciary. Aside from Lord Irvine (Lord Chancellor 1997-2003), many 11KBW members have gone on to become influential judges including Lord Justice Elias, Lord Justice Sales, Mr Justice Keith, Mr Justice Wilkie, Mrs Justice Slade, Mr Justice Supperstone, Mr Justice Lewis, Mrs Justice Laing and Mr Justice Kerr. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair was also a founder member of Chambers.
11KBW has maintained its reputation as the leading employment law set, with a strong commercial law basis. In addition, Chambers has long been recognised as a leading public law and human rights set.
In line with the longstanding tradition of Chambers, we aim to offer a rewarding and challenging environment which will prepare exceptional candidates for an exceptional career.
We offer up to four fully funded 12 month pupillages each year. Our pupillage awards for 2018 are £65,000, of which up to £15,000 is available during the BPTC year. Applications for pupillage must be made through Pupillage Gateway. Offers of pupillage are made only to those candidates whom we consider have a reasonable prospect of joining 11KBW as tenants.
Each of our pupils is assessed on his or her own merits; our pupils are not in competition with each other. This means that if all of our pupils are of sufficient merit to be offered tenancy they all will be. Indeed, we hope that this is the case.
Our only aim is to get the very best practitioners. As with everything we do, our approach to pupillage is underpinned by a commitment to equal opportunities. We consider applications for mini-pupillage, pupillage and tenancy on merit alone; we disregard irrelevant considerations such as sex, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion or belief; we have proper regard to issues arising from disability.
11KBW is proud to be one of the small number of leading sets in EU law that sponsor the annual award of the prestigious Phoenicia Scholarships. The scholarships, which are allocated on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated interest in EU law, provide funding for pupils and junior practitioners to travel to, and participate in, the Bar European Group’s annual international conference. A significant number of 11KBW practitioners have benefitted from the awards, which make an important contribution to the professional development of the next generation of leaders at the EU law bar.
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