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2 Harcourt Buildings

About 2 Harcourt Buildings

2 Harcourt Buildings is a specialist criminal set deeply rooted in principles of excellence and forward thinking. Our diverse and talented barristers are experienced in both prosecution and defence, demonstrating exceptional advocacy skills and intricate knowledge of the law. We understand the importance of our heritage and have deliberately remained a small high-quality set of chambers. Our size and collegiate approach means that each tenant can draw from the experience and expertise of one another, such that we can provide an excellent service at all levels of call.

We are regularly instructed in the most serious criminal offences – fraud & financial crime; homicide & serious violence; serious & organised crime; non-accidental head injury & child cruelty; serious sexual offences; and terrorism. We also undertake other work including private prosecutions, confiscation, regulatory, disciplinary and advisory work. 

We pride ourselves on offering structured, challenging and fulfilling twelve-month pupillages to high quality applicants. We aim to prepare pupils for a successful career within Chambers and actively seek to recruit our junior tenants from amongst their number - nine of our last eleven pupils were taken on at the end of their pupillage. We endeavour to ensure that our pupillages, as well as being financially and intellectually rewarding, are enjoyable. Pupils spend their first six months with their supervisor in court most days participating in the full range of criminal trials as well as accompanying their supervisor to case conferences. All pupils will be expected to undertake written work for their supervisor and, in due course, for other tenants. Firstsix pupils undertake an intensive advocacy course designed to equip them for their first days on their feet, as well as a crash course in court procedure delivered by junior tenants. In the final weeks of the first-six we endeavour to place pupils with junior tenants so that they can gain experience of Magistrates’ Court work and see the sort of Crown Court work they are likely to be covering when on their feet. In their secondsix months pupils can expect to be in court every day covering the full range of hearings in the Magistrates’ Court and undertaking regular Crown Court work. Typically, second-six pupils will be appearing in Crown Court trials by the time they apply for tenancy placing them well ahead of their peers in terms of experience and expertise.

2 Harcourt Buildings is committed to equal opportunities and tackling discrimination. 

Pupillage details

2 funded pupillages available for season commencing spring 2019 to start in autumn 2020.

Minimum degree required: normally 2:1

Award type: £12,000 grant and £6,000 guaranteed earnings.

Applications via Pupillage Gateway only.

Mini pupillages are offered.

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