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Littleton is at the forefront of employment and commercial law. Its members are instructed in the leading cases and you will find that many have written or contributed to authoritative practitioner texts in these fields. But it’s also down-to-earth: the friendliness of members, clerks and staff alike makes Littleton an ideal place to complete your professional training.

Pupillage here is carefully structured to help you perform to your best in formal advocacy exercises and assessed written work for members of chambers. In the first three months pupils work closely with their supervisor, doing relatively little work for other members of chambers. By the time of the first advocacy assessment in mid-December, you will have had regular feedback from your supervisor, so you will be clear on your strengths and areas for improvement.

Written work for members – drafting pleadings and skeleton arguments, researching points of law, and opinion writing – begins in earnest in January and continues until the tenancy decision in July. But Littleton fosters an ethos of quality over quantity: supervisors liaise with other members to ensure that pupils have enough time to dedicate to each task, with special care being taken to clear your diary in the days leading up to each advocacy assessment. You will receive detailed written (and often face-to-face) feedback on the work you do.

This really is, then, a supportive environment. The set has an open-door policy, and it is especially valuable, when you are starting out on your feet in your second six, to be able to chat to leading practitioners about your cases. Additionally, you can speak in confidence to your personal mentor (a junior tenant) about any aspect of pupillage or practice. While pupillage is inevitably stressful and demands sustained hard work, Littleton is proof that pupillage can also be enjoyable. I strongly recommend it.

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