Blackstone Chambers is a substantial civil law set, combining formidable strengths in commercial, public, human rights, employment and EU and Competition law, with state-of-the-art facilities and a friendly and open approach to client service.
Areas of Work
Chambers practice breaks down into the following areas:
Commercial law includes financial/business law; banking; competition and telecoms; insurance and reinsurance; international trade; conflicts; sports, media and entertainment; intellectual property and professional negligence.
Public law incorporates judicial review, acting both for and against central government agencies and other regulatory authorities, arising from decisions and areas such as freedom of expression; equality of treatment; immigration; education; social security; housing; planning and local government. The combined expertise of members of Chambers in commercial and public law proves particularly valuable in City regulation and financial services cases. Advice in the human rights arena is also available, with particular reference to the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 in all its aspects.
All aspects of employment law, including discrimination, are covered by Chambers extensive employment law practice.
Chambers recognises the increasingly important role which mediation has to play in dispute resolution. Eight members are CEDR accredited mediators.
Chambers prides itself on its investment in our pupils. We believe that pupils should be involved in every aspect of their supervisors work and we aim to give you a rounded overview of a barrister’s role whilst equipping you for the legal and practical challenges you will face in practice.
All Applicants must have either an upper second class or first class degree; it is by no means necessary for that degree to be in law. The overriding criterion for award of a pupillage is merit; we are looking to recruit pupils of high academic ability and outstanding personal qualities.
Chambers offers four 12 month pupillages with individual awards of £65,000. Successful applicants may apply to drawn down up to £18,500 of their award during their BPTC year.
Blackstone Chambers is a member of the Pupillage Gateway. Applications for pupillage commencing in September 2018 should be made via the Pupillage Gateway in 2017.
Chambers requires all applicants for pupillage to undertake an assessed mini pupillage at Blackstone Chambers. We encourage possible applicants to apply for a mini pupillage as early as possible in their final year if they are law undergraduates or during the first few months of their GLD year if they are non-law graduates.
For those wishing to commence pupillage in September 2018, we will be accepting applications for assessed mini pupillages from 1 September 2016 – 9 January 2017.
Chambers does not offer unassessed mini pupillages or work experience.
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